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The Eighth Day (1996 film)

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Director  Jaco Van Dormael
Music director  Pierre Van Dormael
Country  Belgium
7.6/10 IMDb

5/5 Amazon

Genre  Comedy, Drama
Screenplay  Jaco Van Dormael
Writer  Jaco Van Dormael
Language  French
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Release date  May 1996 (Cannes Film Festival) 22 May 1996 (France) 7 March 1997 (United States)
Cast  Miou-Miou (Julie), Daniel Auteuil (Harry), Pascal Duquenne (Georges), Henri Garcin (Le directeur de la banque), Michele Maes (Nathalie), Isabelle Sadoyan (Georges' Mother)
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The Eighth Day (French: Le huitième jour) is a 1996 Belgian comedy-drama film that tells the story of the friendship that develops between two men who meet by chance. Harry (Daniel Auteuil), a divorced businessman who feels alienated from his children, meets Georges (Pascal Duquenne), an institutionalised man with Down's syndrome, after Georges has escaped from his mental institution and is nearly run over by Harry. The film was selected as the Belgian entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 69th Academy Awards, but was not accepted as a nominee.


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The film was written and directed by Jaco Van Dormael. Some scenes in the film appear as dream sequences, often employing magical realism. The music of Luis Mariano ("Mexico," and "Maman, Tu Es La Plus Belle Du Monde") is used in these scenes, with actor Laszlo Harmati playing Mariano, who died in 1970. The original music score is from Pierre Van Dormael, Jaco's brother.

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The Eighth Day (1996 film) movie scenes
  • Daniel Auteuil as Harry
  • Pascal Duquenne as Georges
  • Miou-Miou as Julie
  • Henri Garcin as The director of the bank
  • Isabelle Sadoyan as Georges' Mother
  • Michele Maes as Nathalie
  • Fabienne Loriaux as Fabienne
  • Hélène Roussel as Julie's mother
  • Alice van Dormael as Alice
  • Juliette Van Dormael as Juliette
  • Didier De Neck as Fabienne's husband
  • Marie-Pierre Meinzel
  • Sabrina Leurquin as Waitress in fast food restaurant
  • Laszlo Harmati as Luis Mariano
  • Awards

    The Eighth Day (1996 film) movie scenes

    This film was nominated for the Palme d'Or award, the top prize at the 1996 Cannes Film Festival. It did win the Best Actor award at the festival, which was given to both Pascal Duquenne and Daniel Auteuil. This was the first time in the festival's history that two actors had shared the award.

    The Eighth Day (1996 film) movie scenes

    The film was also nominated for a César Award and a Golden Globe award.

    The Eighth Day (1996 film) movie scenes
    The Eighth Day (1996 film) movie scenes
    The Eighth Day (1996 film) movie scenes


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