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Year: 2007
UK: Artificial Eye
Cast: Severin Blanchet, Jacynthe Jacquet, Otar Iosseliani, Michel Piccoli, Muriel Motte, Pascal Vincent, Jean Douchet, Lily Lavina, Denis Lambert, Salome Bedine-Mkheidze, Christian Griot, Mathias Jung, Albert Mendy, Mouna Ndiaye, Manu de Chauvigny
Director: Otar Iosseliani
Countries: France / Italy / Russia
Language: French (English Subtitles)
UK: 115 mins
UK Certificate: PG contains mild language
UK Release Date: 26 December 2008 (Limited Release)
UK Distributor


Vincent (Severin Blanchet) is a powerful government minister. Vincent isn't too ugly, likes to eat but especially likes a drink, oh...and has a pretty mistress. As soon as he loses his job though, his mistress leaves him.

Due to the circumstance Vincent now finds himself in, he starts living again. Little by little, he discovers or rediscovers simple joys and eventually gets to know people he totally ignored in the past.

From the director

"They set up their lives, have a career, and are stuck by not having a metaphysical look on the phenomenon of life. They miss the joy of living, they think what is essential is moving along on the way to success. But if destiny smiles at them, they may wake up, and begin living again. Our hero has power, he is in the right spot. And he is booted out... thankfully for him. We are very happy for him because he will be able to live at last. Sometimes this happens very late in time, in the autumn of life... Autumn is the time for regrets, regretting all the time lost..."

- Otar Iosseliani on GARDENS IN AUTUMN.

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