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WESTERN

SYNOPSIS:
Catalonian Paco (Sergi Lopez) is a Spaniard, a ladies man, and a travelling rep for a shoe manufacturer. Nino (Sacha Bourdo) is a pint-sized Russian immigrant who would very much like to attract the attentions of just one woman. Local gift shop owner Marinette (Elisabeth Vitali) gives Paco a lift and their mutual attraction evolves quickly until Marinette suggests a three week separation to evaluate their feelings for each other. In the meantime, Paco and Nino hit the road…

"Rich with the colours and complexities of character exploration, Western is a road-movie cum buddy movie, that introduces a most unlikely couple. Paco is full of confidence and scores well with the ladies, while Nino hasn’t had much success in that field, and attracts attention by other means, which do not always make him popular. Yet somehow this couple is drawn to each other, and as they travel the road together, learn about each other - and themselves. The images that stay are those as Paco and Nino exchange confidences, sitting in a field, with cows mooing in the background, birds twittering above and the wind whispering in the grass. ‘Sometimes you can tell the truth more easily with lies,’ says Paco, Especially pleasing is the picture postcard setting of the Western region of France, and a delightful lyrical guitar music score, which adds considerably to the ambience. Western is a film with considerable charm, engaging characters that take you on a journey not to be missed."
Louise Keller

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CRITICAL COUNT
Favourable: 1
Unfavourable: 0
Mixed: 0

WESTERN (M)
(France)

CAST: Sergi Lopez, Sacha Bourdo, Elisabeth Vitali Marie Matheron, Basile Siekoua

DIRECTOR: Manuel Poirier

PRODUCER: Maurice Bernart, Michel Saint-Jean

SCRIPT: Manuel Poirier, Jean-François Goyet

CINEMATOGRAPHER:

EDITOR: Yann Dedet

MUSIC: Bernado Sandoval

PRODUCTION DESIGN: Roland Mabille

RUNNING TIME: 135 minutes

 

AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: New Vision

AUSTRALIAN RELEASE: May 21, 1998

AWARDS: Winner Special Jury Prize Cannes Film Festival 1997

VIDEO RELEASE: November 10, 1999

VIDEO DISTRIBUTOR: 21st Century







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