Olivier Olivier (1992)



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Olivier, the nine-year-old son of a country veterinarian, vanishes one afternoon on the way to his grandmother's house. The emotional aftermath of his disappearance sends his father packing from France to Africa and nearly destroys his mother, who clings to her remaining child, Nadine, and her devoted neighbor, Marcel. Several years later, having relocated to the city, the police investigator who handled the case meets a Paris rent boy whom he believes to be the missing Olivier. Once he returns to his rural home, the teenaged Olivier tries to assuage his mother's now-entrenched grief and heal the rift between his reunited parents. Meanwhile, he must overcome his brooding, adolescent sister's jealousy and doubts about his identity and reconcile his sleazy street life with his picturesque new surroundings. Questions about the tight-lipped Olivier's true motivations continue to crop up, however, threatening to send his mother over the edge for good.


François Cluzet
as Dr. Serge Duval
Brigitte Roüan
as Elizabeth Duval
Emmanuel Morozof
as Olivier as a Child
Faye Gatteau
as Nadine as a Child
Jean-François Stévenin
as Police Officer Druot
Florian Billion
as Little Paul
Carole LeMerle
as Babette as a Child
Madeleine Marie
as The Grandmother
Francoise Lorente
as The Drug Addict
Vanessa Martin
as Babette as an Adolescent
Luc Étienne
as Druot's Colleague
as The Monkey
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Critic Reviews for Olivier Olivier

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (4)

Part fairy tale, part psychodrama, Olivier Olivier is strong, unsettling stuff. Holland is a filmmaker who looks deep into the twisted heart of love and won't settle for easy answers.

Feb 13, 2018 | Full Review…
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After her breakthrough in Europa, Europa, Agnieszka Holland emerges in Olivier Olivier as among the most watchable of contemporary filmmakers.

May 31, 2018 | Full Review…

It rips into the nuclear family without any mercy, and in such a pitiless fashion like the way Chabrol operates.

Feb 7, 2008 | Rating: A- | Full Review…


Sep 29, 2007 | Rating: 5/5

Based on a newspaper story about a child's disappearance, this film, just like Holland's previous triumph Europa Europa, unfolds as a compelling fable about love, family, and denial.

Jan 10, 2007 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

Explores the subterranean emotions which can keep a family together or tear them apart

Jul 18, 2003 | Full Review…

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