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A Foreign Body

A Feature film by Claire Simon

Produced by Zélie Productions

Release in France : 08/10/1997

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Production and distribution (5)

Executive Producer :

Zélie Productions

Foreign production company :

Verseau International inc.

French distribution :

Pierre Grise Distribution

Co-productions :

French Production, Arte France Cinéma

Film exports/foreign sales :

FTD International Cinéma

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It's a story which befalls a woman, through a question she's asked : "Are you pregnant ?". She doesn't know, and on the spur of the moment she leaves it hanging. However that doesn't bode well for her boyfriend, who was planning on leaving her : he winds up believing it. Try as he will to tell he doesn't want a child, she does nothing to terminate... because in fact she's not pregnant. Only thing is , she can't manage to tell him. She leaves things be, only to further stave off the dreaded moment of breaking that spell wich draws him to her, conforts her very ill father and delights her entourage. Day by day, the fiction takes hold and nothing can seem to stop it.


"Gestation, birth, childhood, adulthood and death. A simplistic falsehood expressing what in life is both ordinary and miraculous : the birth of a child. The miracle which in this story allows falsehood to flourish, is precisely that ordinary miracle of birth. "A Foreign Body" is an inside-out version : a "fiction" of one of the world's most ordinary stories : a woman becoming a mother." (Claire Simon)

Full credits (9)

Executive Producer :

Catherine Jacques

Director of Photography :

Richard Copans

Press Attaché (film) :

Marie-Christine Damiens

Production Designer :

Michel Vandestien

Costume designer :

Anne Autran

Screenwriter :

Claire Simon

Sound Recordist :

Dominique Lancelot

Editor :

Catherine Quesemand

Music Composers :

Archie Shepp, Catherine Ringer

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Feature film

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Majority French

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1 h 59 min

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Dolby SRD


Festival Selections (3)

Lisbon - French Film Festival - 2000

Lisbon - French Film Festival (Portugal, 2000)


Cinematheque Program - New French Cinema

Cairo - International Film Festival - 1997

Cairo - International Film Festival (Egypt, 1997)


Out of Competition

Directors' Fortnight - 1997

Directors' Fortnight (France, 1997)


Cinema in France