Un Autre Homme une Autre Chance

Film, Action and adventure
Lelouch's soap opera Western proves yet again that a man (Caan as a horse doctor) and a woman (Bujold as a French immigrant) will eventually find love and happiness, no matter what contrivances, colour filters or saccharine music the master puts in their way. What other Western accompanies shots of the hero on horseback with the opening chords of Beethoven's Fifth? Who but Lelouch would compound a bilingual script of disarming coyness, peppered with current phrases ('Have a nice day') and historical pinpointers ('It's too bad there's still no way to print pictures in a newspaper'). Not much dramatic interest, but the curiosity value is colossal.

By: GB

Release details

Duration: 128 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Claude Lelouch
Screenwriter: Claude Lelouch
Cast: James Caan
Genevieve Bujold
Francis Huster
Jennifer Warren
Susan Tyrrell

Average User Rating

3.1 / 5

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I agree with Chris L. I think James Caan gave his best performance , he was acting instead of just playing his usual persona. There was also good chemistry between him and Ms. Bujold. .My only complaint is that the scenes in French were not subtitled.

I find this movie very refreshing despite some of the odd and awkward music that didn't always seem to go with the scene. I liked the photography, the use of flashbacks, and the depiction of realitively "normal" life in the West. Caan's character doesn't carry a gun, only in his saddlebag wrapped up in a cloth presumbably for use in his veterinary practice as a last resort in treating the town's animals. Yes, the story was dry at times, but the unusual (at the time) use of the camera made it feel that you were in the film giving it a documentary effect. I give the film 3 stars for LeLouch's originality.