11.1 million USD
| 6.2/10 |
15 December 2010
16.4 million USD
| Nicole Garcia
Nicole Garcia, Jacques Fieschi, Frédéric Bélier-Garcia, Natalie Carter
Jean Dujardin, Marie‑Josée Croze, Sandrine Kiberlain, Claudia Cardinale, Toni Servillo
Romance movies, Thrillers, Other similar movies
A View of Love (French: Un balcon sur la mer) is a 2010 French romantic mystery film written and directed by Nicole Garcia and starring Jean Dujardin. Set mainly in the south of France, it tells the story of three pied noir children parted when Algeria became independent. Years later two meet again, one a married real estate agent and the other a mysterious woman being used to defraud his firm. A recurrent parallel is with the play Iphigénie, in which the three children had acted together, where two princesses compete for the flawed hero but one dies tragically.
A View of Love Wikipedia
In the south of France, Marc Palestro is a partner in the real estate agency of his father-in-law. A client calling herself Mrs Maldonato, who is interested in buying a large old house, intrigues him. He thinks she must be Cathy, his childhood sweetheart before his family fled Algeria in 1962. Memories of that time, both the horrors of civil war and the joys of adolescent love, grip him. When he offers Mrs Maldonato a lift, she takes a dip in the sea in her underclothes and then goes to a hotel room where the two make love.
She appears again to sign the preliminary contract to purchase the property. Obsessed with his first love, even though his mother tells him Cathy was killed in a bombing, Marc leaves his wife and daughter to try and find her once more. She however is the elusive front woman for a crime syndicate and is in fact an aspirant actress who is being coached in this role by Sergio Bartoli, another partner in the agency and her lover. Though she had let Marc think she was the dead Cathy, in reality she was a close friend of the pair called Marie-Jeanne and had always adored Marc.
Marc discovers enough to expose Sergio's plot and then, in pouring rain, is reunited with Marie-Jeanne outside a theatre where she has secured a part.Jean Dujardin as Marc Palestro
Marie-Josée Croze as "Mrs Maldonato" / "Cathy" / Marie-Jeanne
Toni Servillo as Sergio Bartoli
Sandrine Kiberlain as Clotilde, Marc's wife
Michel Aumont as Robert Prat, Marc's father-in-law
Pauline Bélier as Emmanuelle, Marc's daughter
Jacques Valles as Jo Fuentes, Marie-Jeanne's father
Claudia Cardinale as Marc's mother
Romain Millot as Marc as a child
Solène Forveille as Cathy as a child
Emma Maynadié as Marie-Jeanne as a child
Emilie Chesnais as Patricia, secretary
Calling it a "romantic and haunting film", a French review said:
"A magnificent idea drives the story: the woman with whom he falls in love to regain his memories is not the one he thought and it is a forgotten woman who reappears …. The film gradually frees itself from the psychological mechanics to reach a kind of lyrical abstraction ….The bold stand against the current climate (Dujardin in a completely lyrical and introspective role, the vagueness of time in the story, the absolute lack of irony) makes the film even more endearing."