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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

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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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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...


"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

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Feature film

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France, Spain

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Majority French (France, Spain)

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1 h 37 min

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Dolby SR


Festival Selections (8)

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)


French Films

Acapulco French Film Festival - 1997

Acapulco French Film Festival (Mexico, 1997)


French Feature Films

Venice International Film Festival  - 1997

Venice International Film Festival (Italy, 1997)


Official Competition

Awards (3)

Cesar Awards - French film industry awards - 1998

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


César award for most promising actor : Stanislas Merhar

Lumiere Awards - 1998

Lumiere Awards (France, 1998)


Meilleure Actrice : Miou-Miou

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