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A Feature film by Valeria Sarmiento

Produced by Arion Productions

Release in France : 12/06/1996

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Actors (5)

Production and distribution (3)

Executive Producer :

Arion Productions

Foreign production companies :

Post Scriptum 2, Ger, Amidon Peterson

Co-production :

Baccara Productions


A husband in love and a wife satisfied by this love; yet they won't be happy, at least in the conventional sense of the word. For the husband is so in love he becomes a little paranoid and the wife, a slightly neurotic Hitchcock heroine, is so charmed that this shocks her. Therefore, in a distinctly matrimonial manner, they embark upon a dual process of destruction that can be nothing but mercilessly comical.


"The thing I liked, in addition to the screenplay and its style, was the variation suggested by Valéria Sarmiento in the title. By adding an ironic "le" and transforming Bunuel's macho "El" into a glorious, female "El-Le", she aimed to analyse the neurosis resulting from this role reversal and fresh confrontation. A man depossessed, not only of the title role, but also, as a result, of his attributes. The analysis of this jealousy suddenly becomes derisory and pathetic or even infantile, since it concerns a man who has lost his title and who continues to dread the loss of his wife, the very object of a status that no longer exists."

(Didier Flamand - Actor)

Full credits (12)

Executive Producer :

Patrick Sandrin

Screenwriters :

Raoul Ruiz, Valeria Sarmiento

Director of Photography :

Stephan Ivanov

Production manager :

Catherine Jacques

Editor :

Rodolfo Wedeles

Music Composer :

Jorge Arriagada

Author of original work :

Mercedès Pinto

Co-producers :

Chantal Perrin, Pierre-Alain Meier, Joaquim Pinto

Sound recordists :

Ludmila Machalnichk, Alain Garnier

Press Attaché (film) :

Marie Queysanne

Production Designers :

Thierry Flamand, Gueorgui Todorov

Costume designers :

Boriana Semejieva, Mathilde Matos

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Feature film

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Psychological drama

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Bulgaria, Switzerland, Portugal, France

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Majority French (Bulgaria, Switzerland, Portugal, France)

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Runtime :

1 h 26 min

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