Rome Paris Films, Euro International Film, Alpha Productions, Unitec
Jean-Claude Aimini, Daniel Descamps, Stefania Sabatini
Jacques Rozier, Michèle O’Glor
Monique Bonnot, Claude Durand, Marc Pavaux
Jacques Denjean, Paul Mattei, Maxim Saury
La Cinémathèque française, A17
France, 1960. Michel, a young technician who is working on a TV set, has to fulfill his military duties in two months’ time in Algeria during the Independence War. Meanwhile, he has seduced two girls joined at the hip: Liliane and Juliette. He goes out with one then with the other. Together, they wander about with recklessness in Parisian coffees and clubs. When Michel leaves brutally his work, he goes on holidays in Corsica at the Club Méditerrannée. Soon, Liliane and Juliette are joining him. A game of seduction, complicity and rivalry is evolving between them.
Adieu Philippine is Jacques Rozier’s first feature-film. Defined as one of the Nouvelle Vague’s major work, of whom Jacques Rozier is one of the precursor, it has made a terrific impression at the Cannes Film Festival when it was shown in 1962 at the Critic’s Week. This drama comedy emphasizes the background which is a serious and taboo subject, the Algerian war. The three main actors are all amateurs, they offer a freshness and an original tone that we will find in all of Jacques Rozier’s films.
Adieu Philippine was conceived in 1959. It was the movie of the departure in Algeria, the story of a French guy like all the twenty-year-old French guys who were obliged to do their military service there. It was the end of a youth, the last holidays; the ship he is boarding on, while receiving his roadmap, already represents the war.
The audience will see the story of a boy and two girls, I’ve built some kind of “marivaudage” but the real topic is departure and wrench.
«Les Lettres françaises», May 24th 1962.
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COPRODUCTIONS WHEN THE FILM WAS MADE: Unitec, Euro International, Films Alpha Productions
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