French Postcards

French Postcards

Director: Willard Huyck

Cast: Miles Chapin, Blanche Baker, David Marshall Grant

     
 

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A "critic's darling" of 1979, the modestly produced French Postcards has an appeal that goes beyond the wine and cheese crowd. Miles Chapin plays Joel, an American student in France on an exchange program. Joel's teacher, Mme. Tessier (Marie-France Pisier), is a "Miss Jean Brodie" type whose ideas of education are highly unorthodox. One of Mme. Tessier'sSee more details below

Overview

A "critic's darling" of 1979, the modestly produced French Postcards has an appeal that goes beyond the wine and cheese crowd. Miles Chapin plays Joel, an American student in France on an exchange program. Joel's teacher, Mme. Tessier (Marie-France Pisier), is a "Miss Jean Brodie" type whose ideas of education are highly unorthodox. One of Mme. Tessier's extracurricular activities consists of a torrid romance with the impressionable Joel. Of interest to contemporary viewers are the supporting-cast appearances of future stars Debra Winger and Mandy Patinkin. The "coming-of-age" through-line of French Postcards was second nature to screenwriters Gloria Katz and Willard Hyuck, whose previous projects included American Graffiti.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Sweet and charming, but also a trifle predictable, French Postcards is an amiable little coming-of-age comedy that will beguile many. Even those who find themselves not so easily beguiled should find Postcards an agreeable little affair; it's hard to dislike a film that's as harmless as this one. Created by Willard Huyck and Gloria Katz of American Graffiti fame, Postcards has that same interest in the magnified importance that teen-agers and young adults feel about every little thing that happens to them, as well as the innocence -- soon to be lost as adulthood beckons -- that can still make tiny triumphs seem magical. A few things keep Postcards from being as good a film as Graffiti, starting with the simple fact that Huyck is simply not as inventive a director as George Lucas. Postcards also meanders a bit too much, and the sweetness at times becomes a tad cloying. Its cast varies, with David Marshall Grant and Blanche Baker fine but no more. Much better are Miles Chapin, Marie-France Pisier and especially Valerie Quennessen; special note should also be made of Mandy Patinkin's bizarrely amusing cameo. Location lensing is also a plus.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/01/2008
UPC:
0844503000064
Original Release:
1979
Rating:
PG
Source:
Legend Films
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:35:00

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Miles Chapin Joel
Blanche Baker Laura
David Marshall Grant Alex
Valerie Quennessen Toni
Debra Winger Melanie
Mandy Patinkin Sayyid
Marie-France Pisier Mme. Catherine Tessier
Jean Rochefort M. Tessier
Lynn Carlin Mrs. Weber
George Coe Mr. Weber
Christophe Bourseiller Pascal
Francois Lalande M. Levert
Anémone Christine
Véronique Jannot Malsy
Marie-Anne Chazel Cecile
Laurence Ligneres Mme. Levert
André Penvern Jean-Louis
Patrick Fierry Jean-Claude
Roland Neunreuther Bus Driver
Jean-Jose Richer Medieval Knight
Jean-Pierre Kohut-Svelko Photographer
Susan Bredhoff Iranian Maid
Gloria Katz Chief Snail
Jean Sullivan Student in the Play

Technical Credits
Willard Huyck Director,Screenwriter
Bernard Bats Sound/Sound Designer
Jean-Jacques Beineix Asst. Director
Lee Holdridge Score Composer
Gloria Katz Producer,Screenwriter
Jean-Pierre Kohut-Svelko Art Director
Jacques Leguillon Set Decoration/Design
Catherine Leterrier Costumes/Costume Designer
Carol Littleton Editor
Joan Mocine Costumes/Costume Designer
Bruno Nuytten Cinematographer
Jean-Jose Richer Production Manager

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- French Postcards
1. Welcome to France [7:10]
2. American Students [5:33]
3. Following Madame Tessier [2:13]
4. A Date With Toni [4:58]
5. Alex's Song [9:16]
6. An Affair [1:18]
7. Stalling [2:04]
8. Caught in the Act [6:44]
9. Spain [5:36]
10. The Festival [6:14]
11. Great Expectations [2:27]
12. "The New Joel" [5:35]
13. Joel's Play [:47]
14. Trains and Airplanes [8:13]

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