Dialogue avec mon jardinier

Director: Jean Becker

France • 2007 • 109 minutes

Daniel Auteuil plays a successful artist retreating to his family home in the country after the death of his parents and the failure of his marriage. An old school classmate (Jean-Pierre Darroussin) turns up on his doorstep to work as his gardener. The two men get reacquainted over the vegetable patch and talk about everything from their love of plants to their love of women. The script is an adaptation of a semi-autobiographical novel by Henri Cueco. Becker uses the idyllic setting to illustrate the divide as well as the common ground that exists between these very different men. Auteuil gives a remarkably restrained performance and Darroussin shines as a man who has lived a rich life despite a lack of material wealth.

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