Le mirage

Synopsis: With the natural splendour of Lac Léman as a back-drop, Le Mirage is the story of a woman who believes she can recapture her youth by rediscovering love... with no regard for the inescapable realities of life. Maria Tummler, still quite beautiful despite her fifty years, is suddenly possessed with a consuming passion for a young visiting American, a friend of her son. But neither Jeanne, her friend, nor Anna, her daughter and faithful confidante, have a right to know, even though the young girl can see the emotion in her mother's eyes and is delighted to witness the physical transformation seemingly taking place. Maria is prepared to live this miracle of resuscitated love to its very end, even as some signs of a strange physical weariness begin to invade her new-found sense of well-being.
Genre: Drama, Romance
100 min

I reaIIy beIong to the spring.

Every spring,

the season smiIes just at me.

You're December's chiId.

You Iike the coId and ice.

You exaggerate.

Look at the hyacinths

prettier than the ones in the garden.

It's a shame it's windy today.

But we need wind, especiaIIy now.

It heIps some kind of fIowers


Ah, weII, that's news.

What wouId you say, Anna,

if your mother, at her age...

Hurry, they're here.

The KeIIers' car is aIready here.

Come on.

To think I aIways hated birthdays...

Mama says that every year.

Maria has nothing to fear.

Time has no hoId on her.

Right, CharIes?

I remember it Iike yesterday.

In CoIogne,

Robert introduced me to a girI.

Remember, Jeanne?

We waited for her at the Conservatory.

You wore a yeIIow dress,

and a big hat.

''This time I'II get married'', he said.

He kept his word because now

I'm Mrs TummIer.

As for the rest...

I admit that sometimes I regret

having given up singing.

My mom wanted me to pursue it.

She'd been a singer.

Quite good - a beautifuI contraIto.

The war ruined it.

Sing that song I Ioved as a girI.

Libiamo, libiamo... libiamo, libiamo!

If Robert saw you now,

he'd be proud.

The Iake Iight suits you better

than the Rhine.

I never reaIIy Iiked DusseIdorf.

And Robert knew it, too.

When he died, and we had to find

a better cIimate for Anna's heaIth,

I was happy to Iive here.

Edouard was tiny.

You aIways Iiked the Leman area.

Mama says she feeIs more

at home here.

She senses the warmth of the south.

You know my grandmother was ItaIian?

The other day on our waIk,

I saw a cypress,

the uItimate ItaIian tree.

Cypress or no the Leman's banks

are astonishing.

You can get Iost there.

But it's great, no Iimits.

That's what I Iike.

To Europe.

To Maria.

To Maria.

Spring is sprung

Bringing hope

To lovers' hearts...

To him my tenderness

And gentle drunkenness

That my burning love

Shall keep till he returns...

The sun stayed out untiI the end.

It's reaIIy a beautifuI evening.

The fresh air wore me out.

Birthdays are aIways Iong.

EspeciaIIy yours.

Don't joke tonight.

About your birthday earIier...

I didn't mean to upset you.

It's not so tragic getting oIder.

Every minute and

every second that pass remind us,

regardIess of our age.

That's the way it is.

You're right, one must grow oId.

No, Jeanne. Leave it pIease.

I'm sorry.

I need everything to be the same.

I couId need it at any moment.

It's my support.

I can't do anything today.

You know, usuaIIy when I put on

my bIouse, it's Iike wearing a uniform,

a shieId between me and the worId.

It heIps me focus,

but today something's wrong.

It's awfuI. Then I get the feeIing

I'II never make it.

You didn't frame the painting.

It's not finished.

It's stiII a part of its surroundings.

Framing it wouId rein it in,

prevent it from finding its true form.


I'm not sure, but I Iike the coIors.

Thank you.

It's so difficuIt, you know.

Sometimes I feeI so aIone

when I paint.

For me, it's aII that matters.

When I can't paint, it's awfuI.

I want to die.

Is that true?

- Yes, it's true.

It's after 8 o'cIock...

WindsaiIing is exhausting,

but schooI on Monday morning

is aIso important.

Did you have fun?

A great day.

AII that was missing was you.

I toId my mom about the exams...

which I don't want to faiI.

Those are just excuses.

Anyway my absence must have

passed unnoticed.

With Anna it's different.

You know, sometimes

I feeI a bit Ieft out of their Iife.

LuckiIy, you're here.

You make me pIay a funny roIe.

What roIe?

- Keeper of the secrets.

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Jean-Claude Guiguet

Jean-Claude Guiguet (French: [gigɛ]; 22 November 1948 – 18 September 2005) was a French film director and screenwriter. He directed eight films between 1978 and 2005. His film Les passagers was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 1999 Cannes Film Festival. more…

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