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Dialogue avec mon jardinier (Conversations with My Gardener)

Dialogue avec mon jardinier (Conversations with My Gardener) (2007)

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Average Rating: 7.1/10
Reviews Counted: 14
Fresh: 14 | Rotten: 0

Sweet natured and gentle French drama, that is bittersweet but never maudlin, with impressive performances from the leads.

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Critic Reviews: 1
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Sweet natured and gentle French drama, that is bittersweet but never maudlin, with impressive performances from the leads.

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Two men find themselves sharing a lifetime of experiences and observations over the course of a summer in this low-key comedy-drama from France. After the death of his mother, an artist (Daniel Auteuil) well known for his nature studies inherits his family's vacation house in the country. The artist notices that the house's once-impressive vegetable garden has fallen into neglect, and he hires a local gardener to put it back into shape. To his great surprise, the gardener (Jean-Pierre

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Jean Cosmos, Jean Becker

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All Critics (18) | Top Critics (3) | Fresh (14) | Rotten (0) | DVD (2)

Slight but very pleasant to sit through.

November 21, 2008 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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This two-hander may not take many formal risks but it remains a gentle, humane work that's beautifully acted by Auteuil and Darroussin.

November 21, 2008 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

Conversations with My Gardener is an affectionate rural French character piece that is mercilessly devoid of any message other than an appreciation of close friendship and the simple rustic pleasures of kippers and fresh vegetables.

November 21, 2008 Full Review Source: Times [UK]
Times [UK]

These are two very good actors and they do well to get over some shocking script cliches of the artistic variety as Auteuil earnestly instructs his old friend on the creative process.

November 21, 2008 Full Review Source: Guardian [UK]
Guardian [UK]

Such life lessons could clearly seem maudlin and patronising. But director Jean Becker and his two excellent leads opt for understatement, and the film finally achieves a subtle triumph - a mood that is both celebratory and bittersweet.

November 21, 2008 Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph
Daily Telegraph

A sweet-natured, truthful tale, this one is definitely a grower.

November 21, 2008 Full Review Source: Sky Movies
Sky Movies

This is simply made, well acted and in the end movingly able to show us how two totally different men cleave to each other.

November 21, 2008 Full Review Source: This is London
This is London

Engaging, beautifully acted and ultimately moving drama, though the pacing and general lack of plot are occasionally frustrating.

November 20, 2008 Full Review Source: ViewLondon
ViewLondon

Two outstanding performances and marvelously written dialogue make "Conversations with my Gardener" so engrossing that the picture is well on its way before one recognizes its time worn formula.

July 17, 2008 Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews
Reeling Reviews

Director Jean Becker and his cast and equally talented crew give us a simple and elegant masterpiece about the love shared by two friends.

July 16, 2008 Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews
Reeling Reviews

An intimate, revealing and moving portrait of two men, the joys of Conversations With My Gardener lie in the exchanges between Daniel Auteuil's painter and Jean-Pierre Darroussin's gardener. It is a pleasure to watch two of the veterans of French Cinema a

November 1, 2007 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

Anyone expecting huge explosions and frenetic car chases might be disappointed, but it will satisfy those looking for an intimate drama in which the conversation is at least a tad more sophisticated than "Letsgetoudahere!"

July 18, 2007 Full Review Source: european-films.net
european-films.net

Audience Reviews for Dialogue avec mon jardinier (Conversations with My Gardener)

This is a gentle film about two school friends who are reunited and spend a summer talking to each other about where their lives have gone. The film is driven by dialogue and is in many ways quintessentially French--a disillusioned French artist on the verge of divorce philosophizes about life with his gardener. On the surface it is as simple as a glass of wine on a Sunday afternoon. But somehow it sustains itself to explore a long-standing friendship.
July 22, 2011
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