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A Strange Place to Meet

  • Film

Time Out says

Talk about minimal: Dupeyron's feature debut is a road movie where they only travel 10 kilometres. Deneuve, booted out of her husband's car after a row, ends up in a lay-by with Depardieu, who's mending his motor (metaphor for mending his life). They get a lift to the service station, and spend the next two days alternately chasing and repulsing each other. Deneuve's in the throes of a very heavy, possibly masochistic relationship with the man who dumped her; Depardieu is a lonely, romantic doctor who's doggedly hopeless with the opposite sex. Nothing is entirely resolved, tempting hints about the characters' lives aren't elaborated upon (is she married, mad, or a high class hooker?), and the film retains the haunting inconsequentiality of a chance encounter. The romantic protestations, set against the grim background of a plastic café, are poignant and dreamlike, the characters are drifters seeking refuge or escape, and the whole film is comic and bitter-sweet.
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Release Details

  • Duration:98 mins

Cast and crew

  • Director:François Dupeyron
  • Screenwriter:François Dupeyron, Dominique Faysse
  • Cast:
    • Catherine Deneuve
    • Gérard Depardieu
    • André Wilms
    • Nathalie Cardone
    • Jean-Pierre Sentier
    • Alain Rimoux
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