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Cameleone

A Feature film by Benoît Cohen

Produced by Gemini Films

Release in France : 09/10/1996

    Synopsis

    Paris, by night. Léa has just killed a man in self-defence. Who can she turn to now for help and trust? Luc and Jean, two newspaper delivery guys, who witnessed the murder and now seem to want to hide for strange reasons? Francis, a painter with a mysterious past with whom she shares her life? Her friend, Julien, a regular at the bar where she works? Or her former lover, Inspector Moskowitz? Perhaps Mosko will be able to help her and remove all the evidence linking her to the crime. But can you trust witnesses who won’t bear witness, a man solely preoccupied by his painting, a police inspector who conceals evidence and who is a rejected lover to boot...?

    Actors (9)

    Production and distribution (4)

    Executive Producer :

    Gemini Films

    Film exports/foreign sales :

    Gemini Films

    Co-production :

    Shadows Films

    French distribution :

    Rezo Films

    TV Broadcasts: Cumulative total

    TV broadcasts: details by country

    Subject

    "Cameleone" is a film that has its roots in the tradition of film noir, yet at the same time offers a totally new approach to the genre, both via the female character as well as through the psychological and dramatic machinery at work. The film possesses both a distance and strong presence. This is where its power lies. The fresh approach of the film is linked to the image of fate, locomotives tearing along pre-existing rails that we discover little by little as the film advances. This is a characteristic of film noir and noir in general. It is obvious here. (...) Cameleone" could appear under the "fringe noir" heading. It reminds me of James Tobak's "Fingers". (...) It's obvious that Benoît Cohen felt entirely free and that he chose to hook up with this genre is an eccentric manner. This is why "Cameleone" touches me so much."

    (Alain Corneau)

    Full credits (9)

    Executive Producer :

    Paulo Branco

    Director of Photography :

    Bertrand Mouly

    Production Manager :

    Sylvain Monod

    Editor :

    Marine Deleu

    Costume designer :

    Nadia Chmilevsky

    Screenwriters :

    Benoît Cohen, Alban Guitteny, François Guerrif

    Sound Recordist :

    Didier Saïn

    Press Attaché (film) :

    Bruno Barde

    Production Designer :

    Solange Zeitoun

    Technical details

    Feature film

    Genres :

    Fiction

    Production language :

    French

    Original French-language productions :

    Unknown

    Nationality :

    100% French

    Production year :

    1996

    French release :

    09/10/1996

    Runtime :

    1 h 32 min

    Current status :

    Released

    Visa number :

    89.231

    Visa issue date :

    23/10/1996

    Approval :

    Yes

    Production formats :

    35mm

    Color type :

    Color

    Aspect ratio :

    1.85

    Audio format :

    Mono