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The Long Absence
(Une Aussi Longue Absence)
Directed by Henri Colpi
Written by Marguerite Duras
Gérard Jarlot
Starring Alida Valli
Georges Wilson
Charles Blavette
Music by Georges Delerue
Cinematography Marcel Weiss
Distributed by Commercial Pictures
Release date(s) 17 May 1961 (France)
15 November 1962 (U.S.)
Running time 85 min.
Country France
Language French

The Long Absence (French: Une aussi longue absence) is a 1961 French film directed by Henri Colpi. It tells the story of Therese (Alida Valli), a café owner mourning the mysterious disappearance of her husband sixteen years earlier. A tramp arrives in the town and she believes him to be her husband. But he is suffering from amnesia and she tries to bring back his memory of earlier times.

The Long Absence shared the Palme d'Or prize with the film Viridiana at the 1961 Cannes Film Festival.[1]


  • Alida Valli as Thérèse Langlois
  • Georges Wilson as The Tramp
  • Charles Blavette as Fernand
  • Amédée as Marcel Langlois
  • Paul Faivre as Pensioner
  • Pierre Parel as Manager
  • Catherine Fonteney as Alice
  • Diane Lepvrier as Martine (as Diana Lepvrier)
  • Nane Germon as Simone
  • Georges Bellec as Young man
  • Charles Bouillaud as Favier
  • Corrado Guarducci as Workman
  • Clément Harari as Man at Juke Box
  • Jean Luisi s Workman
  • Pierre Mirat as Druggist


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