PREMIERE - September '95
Al (Francois Cluzet) is distressed; Elsa (Juliette Binoche) has left him. His buddy Duc (Thierry Gimenez) tries to comfort him with talk of setting up a small haulage company. However all Al can think of is his beloved Elsa. When she phones him he finds the separation unbearable and forbids her from contacting him. Can he rebuild his life without her?
In a bar, Montaigne (Albert Prevost), a film producer, notices Al and asks him to audition for a role in a new movie. This gives Al a new focus and his life seems to be coming back on track.
One fine day, Elsa returns. Very quickly it is clear they are still in love and they are reunited. They are a couple once again. However their happiness is very quickly threatened by Al’s new band of friends associated with the movie and by Rateau (Jean-Chrétien Sibertin-Blanc) who becomes infatuated with Elsa. Al and Elsa’s problems are far from over.
Un Tour de manège (Once Around the Park) was directed by Pierre Pradinas, an acclaimed theatre director, and was produced by Albert Prevost, producer of Les Amants du Pont-Neuf. Stylishly shot on location in Paris and with clearly influenced by the Nouvelle Vague generation with it's palette of primary colours and story of a disaffected young couple.
Directeur de la banque
Ricardo, le réalisateur
Original music by
Film editing by
Production design by
Costume design by
Valérie Pozzo di Borgo
First assistant director
Second assistant director
Au Progrès du singe
Chapeau Rouge Films
Les Productions du 3ème Etage
a film by Pierre Pradinas
Un Tour de manège was Pradinas's first film. It so happened that he was living with my sister, they had a child. It pleased me to make this film with family. I didn't love the script that much but I trusted in Pierre's talent.”
"Accord De Principe" by Albert Marcoeur
"Le Tourniquet" by Albert Marcoeur