Depardieu plays a construction engineer, Antoine, who goes to Morocco to oversea a new project and catch up with the woman he loved 30 years ago, played by Catherine Deneuve.
Antoine, a hard-driving engineer, has literally counted the time (31 years 8 months 20 days) since he last saw Cécile (Deneuve). He has spent years tracking down his ex-lover and has even investigated the possibility of using witchcraft to pave the way for a reunion.
Cécile, meanwhile, has married a much younger doctor, Nathan, and hosts a French-Moroccan radio show in Tangier. Antoine arrives in Tangier to oversee construction of a media center. He anonymously sends a bouquet of roses to Cécile at the radio station. The bouquet arrives just as the station broadcasts a song containing the lyrics "we remember nothing." Cécile tosses the roses into the trash without giving them a second thought.
Antoine and Cécile are eventually reunited in a Tangier supermarket. Antoine walks into a door, smashing his nose, and Nathan — who is shopping with Cécile — rushes over to administer first aid.
Meanwhile, Nathan and Cécile's bisexual son Sami has unexpectedly arrived in Tangier, accompanied by his live-in girlfriend Nadia and her 9-year-old son Said. Nadia hopes to reconnect with her twin sister Aica, a man-hating observant Muslim who works in a Tangier McDonald's.
Nadia has an addiction to tranquilizers, though, and Sami often leaves a sedated Nadia to engage in trysts with his Moroccan boyfriend Bilal.
Though the film's initial release was in December 2004, its regular release in the U.S. wasn't until mid-July 2006, when it opened at the Paris Theatre in Manhattan.
Bilal (addressing Sami): "You're too indecisive, but I guess that's normal. You're half Moroccan, half French, half man, half woman. It must be difficult knowing who you are."
- Catherine Deneuve — Cécile
- Gérard Depardieu — Antoine
- Gilbert Melki — Nathan
- Malik Zidi — Sami
- Lubna Azabal — Nadia/Aicha
- Nadem Rachati — Bilal
- Tanya Lopert — Rachel
References & External LinksEdit
- Holden, Stephen. (2006, July 14). A Decades-Long Love, Reunited But Unrequited. The New York Times, p. B8
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