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Wild Games

A Feature film by Benoit Lamy

Release in France : 18/03/1998

    Synopsis

    Charles Cuvelier, age 50, a PR guru in the prime of life, casually presses the button in an old-fashioned elevator. The ad said “Luxury apartment for rent to wealthy bachelor. No dogs”. When the elevator stops suddenly between the 4th and 5th floors, Charles thinks it has just broken down. In fact, like in a video arcade, the game is just beginning. It is set to run for several days. Who is this woman jeering at him from the upstairs landing? Is she the landlady, subjecting him to some weird ordeal, or the Game Mistress? But then, what is the game?

    Actors (3)

    Production and distribution (4)

    Co-productions :

    Atloyc, Galatée Films

    Film exports/foreign sales :

    Vine International Pictures

    Foreign production companies :

    Lamy Films, Integral Films

    French distribution :

    Steward

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    International releases (2)

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    Subject

    In a society with no plans for the future and no ideology, all that remains is game-playing. It’s the new bonding agent for human relations, in which the operative rule is “Dog eat dog”. “Wild Games” could be a contemporary fable, not about the human condition but merely about the experiences of a man and a woman embroiled in a game of which they want to write the rules, minute by minute. It is a hand-to-hand combat, a game of power and helplessness, seduction and repulsion, sincerity and manipulation that oscillates, like life, between tragedy and comedy. (Benoit Lamy excerpt from press kit)

    Full credits (9)

    Screenwriters :

    Gabrielle Borile, Benoit Lamy

    Director of Photography :

    Charlie Van Damme

    Editor :

    Denise Vindevogel

    Music Composer :

    Bruno Coulais

    Still Photographer :

    Akki Pfeiffer

    Co-producers :

    Jacques Perrin, Dagmar Jacobson

    Sound Recordist :

    Henri Morelle

    Production Designer :

    Pierre-François Limbosch

    Costume designer :

    Marie Jagou

    Technical details

    Feature film

    Genres :

    Fiction

    Production language :

    French

    Coproducer countries :

    Belgium, Germany, France

    Original French-language productions :

    Unknown

    Nationality :

    Minority French (Belgium, Germany, France)

    Production year :

    1998

    French release :

    18/03/1998

    Runtime :

    1 h 30 min

    Current status :

    Released

    Visa number :

    90.784

    Visa issue date :

    18/03/1998

    Approval :

    Yes

    Production formats :

    35mm

    Color type :

    Color

    Director

    Festival Selections (2)

    Moscow - International Film Festival - 1999

    Moscow - International Film Festival (Russia, 1999)

    Selection

    Panorama

    Venice International Film Festival  - 1997

    Venice International Film Festival (Italy, 1997)

    Selection

    Official Competition