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Dry Cleaning

A Feature film by Anne Fontaine

Produced by Les Films Alain Sarde, Ciné@

Release in France : 24/09/1997

    Synopsis

    In times gone by, it would have been called a den of iniquity: now it's just a provincial night club, near the train station, with "hostesses" and a strip show. One evening a group of friends on a binge, all shopkeepers in the same street, come there to party. Among them are Jean-Marie and his wife Nicole. Fifteen years of love and fidelity, in a dry cleaners in the town center, working like slaves, scouring the slightest stain... No holidays, no outings... And then one evening, everything changes... On stage at "La Nuit des Temps" appears a young boy, disturbing to say the least, doing a transvestite number with his sister. His name is Loïc, he looks like an angel and he's playing it up. For Nicole and Jean-Marie this is the start of a new life: dry-cleaners by day, and out on the tiles by night... At first they play along, for the pleasure of strong sensations, for the thrill... Then, in time, deeper feelings surface. Unthinkable feelings...

    Actors (7)

    Production and distribution (4)

    Executive Producers :

    Les Films Alain Sarde, Ciné@

    Film exports/foreign sales :

    Pyramide International

    Foreign production company :

    Maestranza Films

    French distribution :

    Pathé Distribution

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    International releases (19)

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    Subject

    "If I had played with lesser people, I'd surely have been terrible. Everyone was very trusting of me, especially Anne, but also Charles Berling and Miou-Miou. In them I felt two actors in tune with my beginnings. I was also very impressed with Caroline Champetier. I felt supported, but not safe. I suppose one is never really safe in front of a camera. I didn't control it, I didn't hear myself speak. I had wanted to master a certain vocal register, but I couldn't; it just came out like it did. It's best not to ask too many questions and just go for it." (Stanislas Merhar)

    Full credits (8)

    Executive Producers :

    Philippe Carcassonne, Alain Sarde

    Director of photography :

    Caroline Champetier

    Editor :

    Luc Barnier

    Costume designer :

    Élisabeth Tavernier

    Screenwriters :

    Anne Fontaine, Gilles Taurand

    Sound Recordist :

    Jean-Claude Laureux

    Production Designer :

    Antoine Platteau

    Still Photographers :

    Moune Jamet, David Koskas, Isabelle Weingarten

    Technical details

    Feature film

    Genres :

    Fiction

    Sub-genre :

    Drama

    Production language :

    French

    Coproducer countries :

    France, Spain

    Original French-language productions :

    Unknown

    Nationality :

    Majority French (France, Spain)

    Production year :

    1997

    French release :

    24/09/1997

    Runtime :

    1 h 37 min

    Current status :

    Released

    Visa number :

    89.462

    Visa issue date :

    01/10/1997

    Approval :

    Yes

    Production formats :

    35mm

    Color type :

    Color

    Aspect ratio :

    1.66

    Audio format :

    Dolby SR

    Director

    Festival Selections (9)

    Cesar Awards - French film industry awards - 1998

    Cesar Awards - French film industry awards (France, 1998)

    Selection (5)

    Best Screenplay (Original or Adapted) : Anne Fontaine, Gilles Taurand

    Most Promising Actor : Stanislas Merhar

    Best Supporting Actress : Mathilde Seigner

    Best Actor : Charles Berling

    Best Actress : Miou-Miou

    Lumiere Awards - 1998

    Lumiere Awards (France, 1998)

    Selection

    French Films

    Acapulco French Film Festival - 1997

    Acapulco French Film Festival (Mexico, 1997)

    Selection

    French Feature Films

    Venice International Film Festival  - 1997

    Venice International Film Festival (Italy, 1997)

    Selection

    Official Competition

    Awards (3)

    Cesar Awards - French film industry awards - 1998

    Cesar Awards - French film industry awards (France, 1998)

    Awards

    César Award for Most Promising Actor : Stanislas Merhar

    Lumiere Awards - 1998

    Lumiere Awards (France, 1998)

    Awards

    Meilleure Actrice : Miou-Miou

    Delegations (3)