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Le comptoir (1998)

A bistro counter will decide the fate of two women. The first, Marie, the owner of a cafe for forty years in a Breton village, wants to realize her dream and go to the city. The second, Joelle, wants to leave town for the countryside.

Director:

Sophie Tatischeff
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mireille Perrier Mireille Perrier ... Marie
Maurane ... Joëlle
Christophe Odent ... Jean
Jacques Penot Jacques Penot ... Yvon
Isabelle Habiague Isabelle Habiague ... Catherine
Jacques Laprise Jacques Laprise ... Le Québécois
Francis Lax Francis Lax ... Le notaire
Philippe Aizizeau Philippe Aizizeau ... L'instituteur
Thierry Barbet Thierry Barbet ... Michel
Loïc Baylacq Loïc Baylacq ... Loïc
Jean-Louis Beauvieux Jean-Louis Beauvieux ... Le père de Marie
Bernard Binet Bernard Binet ... Le marin pêcheur
Jean-Paul Briand Jean-Paul Briand ... Hervé
Joël Cudennec Joël Cudennec ... Joël
Guillaume de Tonquédec ... Paul (as Guillaume de Tonquedec)
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A bistro counter will decide the fate of two women. The first, Marie, the owner of a cafe for forty years in a Breton village, wants to realize her dream and go to the city. The second, Joelle, wants to leave town for the countryside.

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Genres:

Comedy | Drama

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

9 September 1998 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Le comptoir de Marie See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color
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A wonderfully textured film
26 May 2006 | by griffnancySee all my reviews

This film is interesting in that wonderful French manner - serious and funny at the same time. It follows the changes wrought in a small town in Brittany when the owner of le comptoir (the bar) sells it and the bar leaves its long-time home for another residence, recently purchased by a Parisian as a vacation place. Local drinkers follow Le Comptoir. Its history and that of the woman who sells it, is told in flashbacks. The film is rich and textured. Besides the wonderfully original plot, the film gives a glimpse into the rural life of the residents of Brittany. The plot recalls a little of the German occupation of this sparsely populated region during WWII. The characters are all believable -- sophisticated city folks encounter crusty farmers, and the frustrated single woman who sells the bar plots her escape from her humdrum village life.


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