The Eighth Day (Le Huitième Jour) (1996) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Eighth Day (Le Huitième Jour) (1996)




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Two men with seemingly nothing in common become unlikely friends in this drama from France. Harry (Daniel Auteuil) is a salesman working for a large but faceless corporation, where he's become a success at the expense of his personal life. His wife Julie (Miou-Miou), frustrated by his lack of concern for his family, has divorced him, and while he still has visitation rights to his children, he manages to forget when it's his weekend with his daughters, and he neglects to pick them up at the train station. Harry is depressed and nearly suicidal; while driving late one rainy night, he accidentally hits a dog who is walking with Georges (Pascal Duquenne), a personable young man with Down's Syndrome. Georges lives in a mental institution, where he's happy and well cared for, but when several of the other patients leave for a weekend visit, Georges decides that he should leave too, and he sets out to visit his mother. Harry can't bring himself to leave Georges behind, so after burying the dog, he offers to drive him to his mother's home, which becomes the start of a complicated odyssey for the two of them, especially after Harry finds out that Georges' mother is no longer alive. Actor Pascal Duquenne actually does have Down's Syndrome; he and co-star Daniel Auteuil shared the Best Actor award at the 1996 Cannes Film Festival.


as Julie
Isabelle Sadoyan
as La mère de Georges
Henri Garcin
as Company Director
Michele Maes
as Nathalie
Laszlo Harmati
as Luis Mariano
Helene Roussel
as Julie's mother
Jean Bollery
as Nathalie's Father
Alain Bougnet
as Band Member
Didier De Neck
as Fabienne's Husband
Magali Côte
as Band Member
Jo De Backer
as Husband
Sophie De Kerkhove
as Dancing Girl
Guy De Longree
as Band Member
Isabelle De Nayer
as Band Member
Josse De Pauw
as Policeman
Yves Degen
as Showroom Manager
Jean Désert
as Band Member
Bernard Eylenbosch
as Dancing Man
Didier Ferney
as Showroom Salesman
Monique Fluzin
as Nathalie's Mother
Marie Godeau
as Georges' Niece
Pierre Godeau
as Georges' Nephew
Dominic Gould
as Harry's Colleague
Michèle Gousset
as Band Member
Lazlo Harmati
as Luis Mariano
Christian Hecq
as Shoe Shop Manager
Philippe Hinck
as Band Member
Remy Julienne
as Lorry Driver
Stéphane Keyser
as "Dentofresh" Guy
Kim Chi N'Guyen
as Mongol Baby
Dominique Lecat
as Band Member
Fernand Leclercq
as Band Member
Raymond Lescot
as "Big Vegetable"
Nicolas Meeus
as Band Member
Yves Pelgrims
as Band Member
Jean-Luc Piraux
as Pedestrian
Nathalie Ponlot
as Spanish Woman
Marc Schreiber
as Showroom Salesman
Georges Siatidis
as Showroom Security Guard
Jacques Staes
as Band Member
Alex Stainier
as Band Member
Tam Vo
as Japanese Pianist
Claude Vienne
as Band Member
Pauline Zerla
as Little Girl
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Critic Reviews for The Eighth Day (Le Huitième Jour)

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (3)

Watching The Eighth Day, I felt contradictory impulses. On the one hand, I was acutely aware of how conventional the story was. On the other, I was enchanted by the friendship between Harry and Georges.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Try imagining Rain Man without the laughs but with fantasy sequences featuring a Mexican singer in garb out of Chevy Chase's Three Amigos! and a mouse.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 1.5/4
Top Critic

A buoyant spiritual film that celebrates the mysteries of friendship and precious moments of wonder when life sparkles.

March 13, 2002 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Eighth Day (Le Huitième Jour)

A beautiful and powerful, Van Dormael's film is magic and present wonderful works of Mr. Auteuil and Mr. Duquenne.

Lucas Martins
Lucas Martins

Super Reviewer


Hm, so it seems I'm once again in minority (well, that's not unusual). I found it neither funny enough nor emotional enough. And the major problem: I despise it heavily when logic is defied for the sake of entertainment, while it could have been made equally entertaining while still maintaining (more or less) logic. The movie is way too cheesy for its own good. Harry's attachment to Georges, an invalid stranger, was quite abrupt and seemed forced. Why doesn't he leave him when he gets out of his car? He too wishes to get rid of him at that time. But suddenly he develops a special feeling for him and begins to care for him more than George's own sister. Okay, I understand that he gets soft for him because he also shares the feeling of being abandoned. The relationship could have been better established without sacrificing entertainment. The way the sequences are handled in this movie is quite poor, IMHO. Surely, it reminds one of Rain Man which was far better than this one. I'd rather watch Rain Man umpteenth times than watch this one again. It neither generates enough laughs (I laughed only when Harry was getting beaten by the truck driver) nor enough emotions to moist your eyes.

familiar stranger
familiar stranger

Super Reviewer

Very touching Movie. Tissue required to watch this Movie.

Wahida K
Wahida K

Super Reviewer

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