The Eighth Day

Georges has Down syndrome, living at a mental-institution, Harry is a busy businessman, giving lectures for young aspiring salesmen. He is successful in his business life, but his social life is a disaster since his wife left him and took their two children with her. This weekend his children came by train to meet him, but Harry, working as always, forgot to pick them up. Neither his wife or his children want to see him again and he is driving around on the country roads, anguished and angry. He almost runs over Georges, on the run from the institution since everybody else went home with their parents except him, whose mother is dead. Harry tries to get rid of Georges but he won’t leave his new friend. Eventually a special friendship forms between the two of them, a friendship which makes Harry a different person.

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Film Cast:

  • Harry: Daniel Auteuil
  • Georges: Pascal Duquenne
  • Julie: Miou-Miou
  • Bank manager: Henri Garcin
  • Georges’ Mother: Isabelle Sadoyan
  • Fabienne, Georges’s sister: Fabienne Loriaux
  • Juliette: Juliette Van Dormael
  • Snack waitress: Sabrina Leurquin
  • Dustman: Dieudonné Kabongo
  • Nathalie: Michele Maes
  • Alice: Alice van Dormael
  • Shoe store saleswoman: Marie-Pierre Meinzel
  • Luis Mariano: Laszlo Harmati
  • Band Member: Dominique Lecat
  • TV Chef: Roland De Pauw
  • Bridegroom: Jo De Backer
  • Dustman: Lotfi Yahya Jedidi
  • Tramp: André Simon
  • Nathalie’s mother: Monique Florin
  • Nathalie’s father: Jean Bollery
  • Educator: Jean-Henri Compère
  • Harry’s colleague: Dominic Gould
  • Policeman of police station: Josse De Pauw
  • Doctor: Alexandre von Sivers
  • Shoe store manager: Christian Hecq
  • Hindu: Saleem Ebrahim
  • Lorry driver: Rémy Julienne
  • Fabienne’s husband: Didier De Neck
  • George’s nephew: Pierre Godeau
  • Georges’ niece: Marie Godeau
  • Snack waiter: Eric de Staercke
  • Father in restaurant: Olivier Gourmet
  • Julie’s mother: Hélène Roussel
  • Japanese pianist: Tam Vo
  • Showroom salesman: Didier Ferney
  • Showroom salesman: Marc Schreiber
  • Showroom manager: Yves Degen
  • Showroom policeman: Georges Siatidis
  • Bigwig: Raymond Lescot
  • Dancing boy: Bernard Eylenbosch
  • (voice): Gérard Hernandez
  • (voice): Patricia Houyoux
  • (voice): Jacqueline Ghaye
  • Dustman (uncredited): Freddy Bournane
  • English teacher (voice) (uncredited): Christopher Granier-Deferre

Film Crew:

  • Sound: François Groult
  • Sound: Bruno Tarrière
  • Costume Design: Yan Tax
  • Producer: Philippe Godeau
  • Production Design: Hubert Pouille
  • Director of Photography: Walther van den Ende
  • Stunts: Rémy Julienne
  • Writer: Jaco Van Dormael
  • Sound: Dominique Warnier
  • Editor: Susana Rossberg
  • Key Makeup Artist: Kaatje Van Damme
  • Set Decoration: André Fonsny
  • First Assistant Director: Renaud Alcalde
  • Original Music Composer: Pierre van Dormael

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