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19 Ratings

Life Upside Down

La vie à l'envers

Directed by Alain Jessua
France, 1964


Real estate agent Jacques Valin records his life story on a tape recorder when he loses job.

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Life Upside Down Directed by Alain Jessua

Awards & Festivals

Venice Film Festival

1964 | 3 wins including: Best First Work

New York Film Critics Circle Awards

1965 | 3rd place: Best Foreign Language Film

What are people saying?

  • FISCHER's rating of the film Life Upside Down

    Le délicat thème de la folie douce, du glissement progressif d'un être vers une forme d'autisme triomphant est admirablement amené par une caméra lucide et attentive, proche de l'implacable constat clinique. Certainement le meilleur rôle de Charles Denner, l'homme qui n'aimait plus les femmes...

  • nuits blanches's rating of the film Life Upside Down

    Light and easy at first it turns to be pretty complicated.The main character Jacques makes a proposal and loses his job. Now he sees things differently. He examines each object that appears on his way and then starts to look through it. Later on a very rational and sweet-tempered man becomes utterly self-centered and cruel. The existential issue is being illuminated, though there is no light at the end of the tunnel.

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