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The Eighth Day (1996)

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Release Date
• USA: Mar 7, 1997

Budget FRF 25,000,000

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Running Time
1 hour, 58 minutes

Country France, Belgium, UK

Studio D.A. Films, Gramercy Pictures, Homemade Films, Pan-Europeenne, RTL-TVI, TF1 Films, Working Title Films

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Genre: Drama, Mental Illness, On The Road, Escape, Mental Institution

Plot: When his wife and grown children abandon him, a controlling, aggressive salesman resigns himself to a life of isolation and despair. But after he literally crosses paths with a sweet-natured Down's syndrome patient, the two forge a tender friendship based on their mutual dependence. Stars Auteuil and Duquenne (who actually has Down's syndrome) shared the Best Actor award at Cannes.

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 Directed by
Jaco van Dormael
Totò the Hero, Mr. Nobody
 Written by
Jaco van Dormael
Totò the Hero, Mr. Nobody
Daniel Auteuil
Jean de Florette, Manon of the Spring, The Closet
Pascal Duquenne
Totò the Hero, Lumière et compagnie, Commissaire Moulin
The Mad Adventures of 'Rabbi' Jacob, Going Places, Germinal
Henri Garcin
Woman Next Door, Koko Flanel, Cent et une nuits de Simon Cinéma, Les
Isabelle Sadoyan
Three Colors: Blue, Subway, The Return of Martin Guerre
Fabienne Loriaux
Totò the Hero, Trouble
 Music By
Pierre van Dormael
Totò the Hero, Essaye-moi

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