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Macadam Stories (2015)

Asphalte (original title)
Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama | 7 October 2015 (France)
Improbable encounters bring tenderness, laughter and compassion to a world of urban alienation.


Samuel Benchetrit


Samuel Benchetrit (screenplay), Gábor Rassov (screenplay)
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Cast overview:
Isabelle Huppert ... Jeanne Meyer
Gustave Kervern ... Sterkowitz
Valeria Bruni Tedeschi ... L'infirmière
Tassadit Mandi Tassadit Mandi ... Madame Hamida
Jules Benchetrit ... Charly
Michael Pitt ... John McKenzie
Mickaël Graehling Mickaël Graehling ... Dédé
Larouci Didi Larouci Didi ... Mouloud
Abdelmajid 'Mickey' Barja Abdelmajid 'Mickey' Barja ... Majid, le fils de Mme Hamida
Thierry Gimenez Thierry Gimenez ... Le voisin réunion copropriétaires


Against the backdrop of a dilapidated apartment building in the heart of the French urban jungle, stories of social anonymity, loneliness, and the painful effect of time's penetrating caress become intertwined with selfless acts of kindness, solidarity, and an odd encounter with the paradox. After experiencing firsthand life's cruel irony, the parsimonious tenant, Sternkowitz, concocts a spur-of-the-moment plan to make a good first impression on a lonely night-shift nurse, relying on his old Polaroid camera. In the meantime, the insecure movie star, Jeanne Meyer, stands powerless before the unstoppable force of youthful frankness, as her genuinely concerned next-door neighbour, Charly, becomes a beacon of self-confidence, and her improbable mentor. Then, out of the blue, the disoriented American astronaut, John McKenzie, winds up in kindly Madame Hamida's flat and realises that the mysteries of the cosmos can lead to a beautiful bond. Can there be tenderness in a bleak world? Written by Nick Riganas

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Comedy | Drama


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The clip from the old film Jeanne Meyer and Charly watch together is taken from The Lacemaker (1977). See more »


John McKenzie: I like to think that behind all the dark there is a great light.
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References One Way or Another (1976) See more »


When Your Heart Is Weak
Performed by Cock Robin
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A curious tribute to cinema and loneliness. Or loneliness in the cinema
10 October 2015 | by searchanddestroy-1See all my reviews

This movie is sad and funny in the same time. This is a separate stories tale that takes place in a tumble down building, in the suburb of a big city. Poverty row. That's the setting. In this building, first you have a lonely cripple man in his wheel chair who, after a vascular accident - Gustave Kervern - tries to date a night nurse of the local hospital - Valeria Bruni Tedeshi - who is also a lonely soul. This scheme is an open tribute to BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY; even the dumbest could see it. Second, you have another weirder scheme, tribute this time to GRAVITY and a slice of 2001 SPACE ODYSSEY, and showing an American astronaut arriving from space after the collapse of his rocket ship and finding shelter in a flat of the building, helped by a lonely woman, mother of her convict son. A lonely woman, of course. And the third story shows a former actress - Isabelle Huppert - who has lost all her shining stardom and who befriends a young man living on the same floor. This third scheme is probably a tribute to a movie I don't exactly know, maybe a IsabelleHuppert's film. I would not be surprised. One important thing, those three tales are told with a pretty good editing. You have not here three stories shown one after the other... See what I mean? Go and see it. It's worth watching.

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