The Long Absence

Une aussi longue absence
by Henri Colpi 1h25min France 1961
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The Long Absence
by Henri Colpi

Thérèse Langlois, who runs a small café in the suburbs of Paris, lives alone, awaiting her long lost husband. One day she thinks she recognizes him in a tramp walking past her establishment. It must be said that her spouse has not shown any signs of life ever since he had disappeared during the World War Two. Because the stranger has lost his memory, Thérèse tries hard to stir up memories in him but she fails. Is the stranger really the man of her life? Anyway, the tramp disappears once more. Alone again, Thérèse still hopes he will come back.

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From a restored copy


  • Alida Valli : Thérèse Langlois
  • Georges Wilson : Le clochard
  • Charles Blavette : Fernand
  • And with: Paul Faivre, Catherine Fonteney


  • Director Henri Colpi
  • Scenario Henri Colpi, Marguerite Duras, Gérard Jarlot
  • Photo director Marcel Weiss
  • Sound René Breteau
  • Editing Jasmine Chasney, Jacqueline Meppiel
  • Original music Georges Delerue
  • Producer Alberto Barsanti, Claude Jaeger
  • Production Compagny Galatea Film, Procinex, Société Cinématographique Lyre

Technical information

  • Aspect ratio2,35:1
  • Printed film format35 mm
  • Original sound mixMono
  • Production1961
  • Release date for France05/17/1961
  • CategoryFeature film
  • ColorBlack and White
  • LanguageFrench
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