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.
Art House & International , Drama
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François Cluzet
as Dr. Serge Duval
Brigitte Roüan
as Elizabeth Duval
Gregoire Colin
as Olivier
Emmanuel Morozof
as Olivier as a Child
Faye Gatteau
as Nadine as a Child
Luc ??tienne
as Druot's Colleague
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
Mathias Jung
as Simard
Vanessa Martin
as Babette as an Adolescent
Luc Étienne
as Druot's Colleague
Marcelle Beignon
as Customer
as The Monkey
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Critic Reviews for Olivier Olivier

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (3)

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

Full Review… | February 7, 2008
Ozus' World Movie Reviews


September 29, 2007

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.

Full Review… | January 9, 2007

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

Full Review… | July 17, 2003
Spirituality and Practice

Rarely has domestic dystunction been more intelligent and absorbing.

December 17, 2002
Kansas City Star

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Full Review… | September 7, 2011
Entertainment Weekly
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Audience Reviews for Olivier Olivier

A strangely haunting tale of family dysfunction that lingers in your mind long after the movie is over.

Gabriel Knight
Gabriel Knight

It's very clever and well made, but the film seems to step outside of its bounds when it includes the magic and the incest. Makes you think "Really? This is a true story? I HIGHLY doubt this".

Brian Keyes
Brian Keyes

Ah yes, there are subtitles in this movie but the whole story and feel of the movie is great. Agnieska Holland is truly a great story teller. Gregoir Colin gives a compelling performance. A must see for the art house admirers.

Mike Hestness
Mike Hestness

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