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Synopsis: Based on two works by the playwright Jean Anouilh,You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet opens with a who’s-who of French acting royalty (including Mathieu Amalric, Michel Piccoli and frequent Resnais muse Sabine Azema) being summoned to the reading of a late playwright’s last will and testament.

There, the playwright (Denis Podalydes) appears on a TV screen from beyond the grave and asks his erstwhile collaborators to evaluate a recording of an experimental theater company performing his Eurydice–a play they themselves all appeared in over the years. But as the video unspools, instead of watching passively, these seasoned thespians begin acting out the text alongside their youthful avatars, looking back into the past rather like mythic Orpheus himself.

Gorgeously shot by cinematographer Eric Gautier on stylized sets that recall the French poetic realism of the 1930s, You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet is an alternately wry and wistful valentine to actors and the art of performance from a director long fascinated by the intersection of life, theater and cinema.

Genre

Drama

Rated

NR

Language

French with English Subtitles

Run Time

115 minutes

Subtitles

English

Starring

Mathieu Amalric (Mathieu Amalric / M. Henri)
Pierre Arditi (Pierre Arditi / Orphée #1)
Sabine Azéma (Sabine Azéma / Eurydice #1)
Jean-Noël Brouté (Jean-Noël Brouté / Mathias)
Anne Consigny (Anne Consigny / Eurydice #2)
Anny Duperey (Anny Duperey / La mère)
Hippolyte Girardot (Hippolyte Girardot / Dulac)
Gérard Lartigau (Gérard Lartigau / Le petit régisseur)
Michel Piccoli (Michel Piccoli / Le père)
Denis Podalydès (Antoine d'Anthac)
Michel Robin (Michel Robin / Le garçon de café)
Andrzej Seweryn (Marcellin)
Jean-Chrétien Sibertin-Blanc (Jean-Chrétien Sibertin-Blanc / Le secrétaire du commissaire)
Michel Vuillermoz (Michel Vuillermoz / Vincent)
Lambert Wilson (Lambert Wilson / Orphée #2)
Vimala Pons (Eurydice )
Sylvain Dieuaide (Orphée)
Fulvia Collongues (La mère)
Vincent Chatraix (Le père )
Jean-Christophe Folly (Monsieur Henri )
Vladimir Consigny (Mathias )
Laurent Ménoret (Vincent )
Lyn Thibault (La jeune fille et le garçon de café )
Gabriel Dufay (Le garçon d'hôtel)

Directed by

Alain Resnais

Produced by

Jean-Louis Livi

Edited by

Hervé de Luze

Composer

Mark Snow

Production Designer

Jacques Saulnier

Nominations

Cannes Film Festival - France - 2012

Palme d'Or

Official selection

Champs-Elysées Film Festival - France - 2012

Karlovy Vary International Film Festival - Czech Republic - 2012

New York Film Festival - USA - 2012

Portland International Film Festival - USA - 2012

Wisconsin Film Festival - USA - 2012

COLCOA Film Festival, Los Angeles - USA - 2012

St. Louis International Film Festival - USA - 2012

Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival - Taiwan - 2012

Mar del Plata Film Festival - Argentina - 2012

Vancouver International Film Festival - Canada - 2012

New Horizons Film Festival - Poland - 2012

Quotes

What affects us most is Resnais's ingenious idea. And that affect is magnified by a surprise ending. - Stanley Kauffmann , The New Republic

Complex yet lighthearted, as diverting as it is meditative. - Mark Jenkins , NPR

Beautiful, difficult, frustrating, and engrossing, You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet is an undeniable accomplishment of form and experimentation. - Landon Palmer , Film School Rejects

Country of Origin

France / Germany

Production Year

2012

Aspect Ratio

2.35 : 1

Sound Mix

Dolby Digital

Camera

Panavision Panaflex Gold II, Panavision E-Series Lenses / Panavision Panaflex Platinum, Panavision E-Series Lenses

Medium

35 mm (Kodak Vision3 500T 5219)

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