The Long Absence

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The Long Absence
(Une Aussi Longue Absence)
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Film poster
Directed byHenri Colpi
Produced byAlberto Barsanti
Claude Jaeger
Jacques Nahum (executive producer)
Written byMarguerite Duras
Gérard Jarlot
StarringAlida Valli
Georges Wilson
Charles Blavette
Music byGeorges Delerue
CinematographyMarcel Weiss
Edited byJasmine Chasney
Jacqueline Meppiel
Distributed byCommercial Pictures
Release date
17 May 1961 (France)
15 November 1962 (U.S.)
Running time
85 minutes

The Long Absence (French: Une aussi longue absence) is a 1961 French film directed by Henri Colpi. It tells the story of Therese (Alida Valli), a café owner mourning the mysterious disappearance of her husband sixteen years earlier. A tramp arrives in the town and she believes him to be her husband. But he is suffering from amnesia and she tries to bring back his memory of earlier times.

The Long Absence shared the Palme d'Or prize with the Luis Buñuel film Viridiana at the 1961 Cannes Film Festival.[1]



  1. ^ "Festival de Cannes: The Long Absence". Retrieved 2009-02-20.

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