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August 32nd on Earth(Un 32 août sur terre)

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Canada
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1998

Rated G · 1h 28m

Director Denis Villeneuve
Starring Pascale Bussières, Alexis Martin, Paule Baillargeon, Emmanuel Bilodeau

Genre Comedy, Drama, Romance

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After nearly dying in a car accident, Simone confronts her own mortality and decides she wants to have a baby. Her friend, Phillipe, agrees to be the father, but only if they conceive the child in the desert away from his girlfriend. Their journey proves to be not only physical, but one of self-discovery.

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Time Out by

There are striking images here (especially in the scenes outside Salt Lake City), Martin gives a very likeable performance, and individual scenes display intelligence and wit. But it doesn't hang together very well, jump-cutting between slightly portentous artiness and light comedy, and never really adding up to very much at all.
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IndieWire by David Ehrlich

August 32nd on Earth takes way too long to get going, but the chemistry between its leads helps things along. More than anything, however, it’s the incredible economy of Villeneuve’s images that keeps things together, his shots becoming tighter and more expressive as the story falls apart.
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The Guardian by Peter Bradshaw

Charming and intriguing tale of undeclared love, full of haunting set pieces that stayed in my mind for hours afterwards. [11 June 1999, p.15]
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The Globe and Mail (Toronto) by Rick Groen

All this is engrossing. Stylistically and visually, Villeneuve flashes his talent to draw us in. However, narratively and thematically, he seems to be cheating. [18 Dec 1998, p.D10]

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