Dialogue avec mon jardinier (Conversations with My Gardener)


Dialogue avec mon jardinier (Conversations with My Gardener)

Critics Consensus

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



Total Count: 15


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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 Darroussin) turns out to be an old friend from his school days, and as the gardener gets to work, he and the artist talk about where their lives have gone since they last saw one another. Over the next several months, the gardener and the painter chat about life, love, work, family, vegetables and anything else that crosses their minds as they casually pass along their life's stories and what they learned along the way under the warmth of the summer sun. Dialogue Avec Mon Jardinier (aka Conversations With My Gardener) was adapted from the memoirs of artist Henri Cueco. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi


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

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  • Slight but very pleasant to sit through.

    Nov 21, 2008 | Rating: 3/6 | Full Review…

    David Jenkins

    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • 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.

    Nov 21, 2008 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Kevin Maher

    Times (UK)
    Top Critic
  • 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.

    Nov 21, 2008 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Cath Clarke

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

    Nov 21, 2008 | Rating: 3/5
  • This two-hander may not take many formal risks but it remains a gentle, humane work that's beautifully acted by Auteuil and Darroussin.

    Nov 21, 2008 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Nov 21, 2008 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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

  • Jul 16, 2011
    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.
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