date festival


The Art of Time

Groundhog Day

Harold Ramis
1993 - United States - 1h41

Screenings : wednesday 30 - 2:15 pm - Multiplexe - 1 - presented by Timothée Gérardin - auteur saturday 2 - 4:45 pm - Multiplexe - 1
Phil Connors, an ill-tempered and disillusioned weatherman, goes to do his annual report from Punxsutawney, where they celebrate “Groundhog Day”. Bad weather means he has to spend the night in this town in the middle of nowhere. Waking up early the next morning, he realises that everything is the same as the day before…
This comedy by Harold Ramis had a moderate success when it was released in the United States, as in France, before gradually making its name as a cultural reference. The effect of the time loop on Phil, played by the outstanding Bill Murray, is to make him relax, open up and learn to love. Without skimping on the humour, Groundhog Day opens up a philosophical dimension which reminds us that everyday life is an adventure. Learning humility is a recurrent theme for Harold Ramis, coming up again in his following film, Multiplicity (1996), with the same metaphysical focus. Phil's time-prison leads the spectator to question their own relationship to time, to the point of dizziness.

Cast : Bill Murray, Andie MacDowell, Chris Elliott, Stephen Tobolowsky, Brian Doyle-Murray, Marita Geraghty, Angela Paton, Rick Ducommun, Rick Overton
Screenplay : Danny Rubin, Harold Ramis
Cinematography : John Bailey
Editing : Pembroke J. Herring
Music : George Fenton

Production : Columbia Pictures Corporation

French distributor : Park Circus