A Man And A Woman, 20 Years Later (1986)




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It is possible to enjoy Claude Lelouch's Man and a Woman: 20 Years Later on its own merits, though we advise that to fully appreciate the film, it's best to catch Lelouch's 1966 blockbuster A Man and a Woman first. True to its word, the 1986 film brings us up to date with the protagonists of the earlier picture. One-time movie script girl Anouk Aimee is now a producer, suffering a slump due to a string of box-office bombs. Former race car driver Jean-Louis Trintigant now books races for younger drivers. His love affair with Aimee long in the past, Tritignant is startled to receive an out-of-the-blue phone call from his former amour. She wants his permission to film a musical version of their romance, but with more "suitable" younger leads. Alas, Aimee has been part of the Studio System too long, and can't help but include a pointless subplot involving an escaped lunatic. Aimee must give up her show-biz excesses, and Tritignant must forsake his much-younger mistress Marie-Sophie Pochat, in order to clear the decks for a happy ending. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
Drama , Romance
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Jean-Louis Trintignant
as Jean-Louis Duroc
Anouk Aimée
as Anne Gauthier
Richard Berry
as Richard Berry
Evelyne Bouix
as Francoise
Marie-Sophie Pochat
as Marie-Sophie
Philippe Leroy
as Prof. Thevenin
Antoine Sire
as Antoine
André Engel
as Film director
Thierry Sabine
as Himself
Robert Hossein
as Himself
Tanya Lopert
as Herself
Nicole Garcia
as Herself
Jacques Weber
as Himself
Philippe Leroy-Beaulieu
as Prof. Thevenin
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Critic Reviews for A Man And A Woman, 20 Years Later

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (3)

Twenty years later and none the wiser for it.

Full Review… | January 15, 2008
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

At several points, Mr. Lelouch inserts clips of the young couple from A Man and a Woman. Those moments glow and remind us of what is missing this time round.

Full Review… | January 15, 2008
New York Times
Top Critic

At his worst, Lelouch is extraordinarily awkward, shooting off in 12 different directions.

Full Review… | January 15, 2008
Washington Post
Top Critic

An enjoyable, often funny effort, though those who've seen and liked the original are bound to appreciate this more than other viewers.

Full Review… | January 15, 2008
TV Guide

Undeniably visula with a suitably sweeping score. Cynics should stay well away and let the rest of us enjoy it.

Full Review… | January 15, 2008

The story falls flat since not enough loving care has been given to the screenplay.

Full Review… | August 25, 2004
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