Beautiful Memories

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Beautiful Memories
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Film poster
Se souvenir des belles choses
Directed byZabou Breitman
Produced byStéphane Marsil
Screenplay byZabou Breitman
Jean-Claude Deret
StarringIsabelle Carré
Bernard Campan
Bernard Le Coq
Zabou Breitman
Music byFerenc Javori
CinematographyDominique Chapuis
Edited byBernard Sasia
Hugo Films
France 3 Cinéma
Les Films de la Colombe
Les Productions de la Guéville
Distributed byWild Bunch Distribution
Release date
  • 9 January 2002 (2002-01-09)
Running time
110 minutes
Budget$4.4 million[1]
Box office$2.8 million[2]

Beautiful Memories (French: Se souvenir des belles choses) is a 2001 French film directed by Zabou Breitman. It won the César Awards for Best First Feature Film, Best Actress and Best Supporting Actor, and was nominated for Best Actor. Also, the French Syndicate of Cinema Critics named it best debut film.


Claire Poussin, a young woman in her early 30s whose mother has recently died from Alzheimer's, has been having memory loss problems since being struck by lightning. She believes she is showing the first signs of the disease, but her sister Nathalie thinks the problem is temporary. Claire seeks help by entering a clinic for people with memory-loss problems, which is located in a big country house and run by Prof. Christian Licht. Prof. Licht is having an affair with therapist Marie Bjorg, which he thinks is hidden from his patients, but isn't. At the clinic, Claire meets Philippe, a noted wine expert who is traumatized following a car accident which killed his wife and child, and they fall in love. When both of them are released, they move in together, but find that their condition severely affects their lives. Philippe recovers his memory, and is pained when he remembers the tragic accident, while Claire's condition becomes worse.



Award / Film Festival Category Recipients and nominees Result
César Awards Best Actress Isabelle Carré Won
Best Actor Bernard Campan Nominated
Best Supporting Actor Bernard Le Coq Won
Best First Feature Film Won
Cabourg Film Festival Male Revelation Bernard Campan Won
French Syndicate of Cinema Critics Best First French Film Won
Lumières Awards Best Actress Isabelle Carré Won


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