Hello goodbye

Hello goodbye

DVD - 2010 | French
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French film icons Gerard Depardieu and Fanny Ardant star in this romantic comedy about a Parisian couple in their fifties who share a comfortable life, a beautiful home, a posh country club and a midlife crisis. Following a dream vacation to Israel where Alain (Depardieu) explores his Jewish roots, Gisle (Ardant) insists they change their life and move to Tel Aviv. While Gisle, a Jewish convert, finds her new life inspiring; Alain fights to embrace Hebrew, Jewish tradition and a new circumcision. Will Alain and Gisle learn whether Shalom represents Hello or Goodbye? Bonus material includes the feature trailer, photo gallery and making of the film.
Audience: Unrated
Publisher: Israel : Liberation Ent, 2010
Edition: English subtitles ed
Branch Call Number: DVD FOREIGN HELLO (Dayson Collection)
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (99 min.) : sd., col ; 4 3/4 in


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Aug 13, 2017

I was interested enough in this story of a wealthy Parisian couple who move to Tel Aviv because the wife wants to explore her (converted) roots. This was based on a book and I'm sure there are interesting things to be said about Israel's culture and the immigrants who leave Europe for a life which is incredibly different. The fact that Depardieu is a misogynist pig is hard for a lot of us to forget but he doesn't contribute much to this film anyway. The ending is a total mess and leaves all the very serious problems of the couple's new life totally unresolved. Israel was encouraging French Jews to move there so there is a basis in current events but this movie goes for superficiality and periodically moronic attempts at humour.

Jul 13, 2017

Well, o.k. If you read the other comments, you either think this French movie's horrible or excellent. Well, my take is more middling. Some funny moments, some quizzical ones, but overall I enjoyed these two consummate French actors, who could have been helped with better writing and direction. It's a fun film, worth seeing , though it stereotypes Jews, French people, and Israel for the sake of comedy, while trying to make a few relevant points about marriage, religion, and family.

Jun 13, 2017

We all experience a great enjoyment and a vicarious sense of fulfillment when we perceive an individual who through sheer force of will and personality overcome an obstacle to attain success. This movie is the opposite, and there's really nothing sadder than a comedy film that just isn't funny.
I wanted to like it. It has a very good cast. The idea had merit, but after 30 minutes I just couldn't watch any more.
If you are in the mood to see a Gerard Depardieu film, then skip this one and instead watch one that succeeds: My Afternoons With Margueritte (French title: La Tete en Friche). .

BrooklynLady_42 Feb 21, 2014

This movie is one of my favorites. I love everything about it. To each his own. We all have our taste.

Mar 05, 2012

Easily one of the worst movies I have ever seen. I thought it was about a Jewish doctor who moves from the USA to France (cool) but no he and his wife (who i think converted from Catholic), decide to move to Isreal on her mid-late life crisis (Zzzzzz). There are a handful of "sweet" spots and 2 funny parts that you smile at because your rooting for Depardeu to not be in such a sucked movie. But on the whole i say, "Horridble, avoid".

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