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'Til Death Do Us Part (1995)

À la vie, à la mort! (original title)
In Estaque, a northern suburb of Marseilles, stuck between oil refinery smokestacks and the Mediterranean sea, a handful of die-hards has taken refuge in a cabaret. There is José, the owner... See full summary »

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Robert Guédiguian
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Cast

Credited cast:
Ariane Ascaride ... Marie-Sol
Jacques Boudet Jacques Boudet ... Papa Carlossa
Jean-Pierre Darroussin ... Jaco
Jacques Gamblin ... Patrick
Gérard Meylan ... José
Jacques Pieiller Jacques Pieiller ... Otto
Pascale Roberts ... Joséfa
Laetitia Pesenti Laetitia Pesenti ... Vénus
Frédérique Bonnal Frédérique Bonnal ... Jaco's wife
Alain Lenglet Alain Lenglet ... Le patron de Marie-Sol
Farid Ziane Farid Ziane ... Farid
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Pierre Banderet Pierre Banderet
Marie-Alix Lafran Marie-Alix Lafran
Jo Mathis Jo Mathis
Florent Munoz Florent Munoz
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In Estaque, a northern suburb of Marseilles, stuck between oil refinery smokestacks and the Mediterranean sea, a handful of die-hards has taken refuge in a cabaret. There is José, the owner, a big-hearted gypsy who loves cars and women's bodies; Joséfa, his wife, the establishment's stripper despite her advanced years and Marie-Sol who climbs the hill every day to visit Notre-Dame de la Garde and beseech Virgin Mary to give her a child. There is Patrick, her husband who has been unemployed for ages but who is kind despite appearances and their friend Jaco who is having a hard time. His wife and daughters hate him for not keeping up on the mortgage repayments. Last but not least is Papa Carlossa who believes that Franco still rules Spain and fantasizes about bumping him off. Alternately sad and comic, with its colorful characters, entertaining dialogue and light social commentary, "Unto Life, Unto Death" gives us the portrait of people searching for identity and struggling to survive. ... Written by Anonymous

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

11 October 1995 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Family depression in South France: or how to waste 2 hours.
26 September 2000 | by xgrosSee all my reviews

The story of a family whose father immigrated from Spain to France during the Spanish war against the dictator Franco. They have to move out and end up living with the son of the father, who lives with his girlfriend, a 45 years old stripper that keeps repeating that she wants to quit because she is too old and ugly for this job. At the end the complete family (around 9 people ?) come to live together in a tiny house. Somehow there are two young children (that we see only once at the beginning of the movie and never again !). They are all unemployed or going bankrupt and compete to see who will be the most depressed ! Family problems. Lack of money. Sterility. Infidelity. Drugs. Everything is there to depress the spectator even more. The movie could end with the idea that an unexpected birth will bring hope and joy, if more depressing stuff wasn't at the corner. A dark picture of immigrant lives while recession hits France. I wouldn't recommend this movie to anyone. One does not feel anything for this family, no sadness, no joy, no life. The scenario is too light. The dialogues are poor. The location (suburbs of Marseilles) is as depressing as the play of these unknown actors.


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