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The Forbidden Woman

The Forbidden Woman

A Feature film by Philippe Harel

Produced by Lazennec & Associés

Release in France : 24/09/1997

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Lazennec & Associés

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Le Pacte

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François is 39. Muriel is 22... He's married, with a child, and lives comfortably... She is single and unattached... They meet by chance... He wants her... She resists... Gives in... Latches on to him... There's a name for it: adultery. Adultery with all its fleeting joys, rare moments, creeping jealousy, open conflicts, stolen pleasures, tears held back, tears shed. Filmed in the "first person" subjective camera, without secondary characters or subplots, "The Forbidden Woman" is the anatomy of a passion.


"The Forbidden Woman" is an unusual, disturbing and totally unique movie. I was scared, of course, of shooting the whole thing with a subjective camera without any characters other than myself and his voice. It's a film with one face and two voices. But it's above all a story, firstly of desire, then of love and finally of passion. It's the X-ray of a passion. A exhibition of feelings, not necessarily the finest ones." (Isabelle Carré)

Full credits (20)

Executive Producer :

Michel Guilloux

Associate producer :

Gaëlle Girre

Director of Photography :

Gilles Henry

Sound Assistant :

Michel Casang

Camera Operator :

Olivier Raffet

Press Attaché (film) :

Agnès Chabot

Sound editor :

Sylvie Pontoizeau

Production Designer :

François Emmanuelli

Casting :

Stéphane Touitou

Sound Mixer :

Thierry Delor

Assistant directors :

Brice Cauvin, Ariel Sctrick

Screenwriters :

Éric Assous, Philippe Harel

Sound Recordist :

Laurent Poirier

Assistant Operator :

Marc Tévanian

Production Manager :

Rodolphe Pélicier

Editor :

Bénédicte Teiger

Continuity supervisor :

Bénédicte Teiger

Foley artist :

Julien Naudin

Costume designer :

Valérie Pozzo di Borgo

Still Photographer :

Tadeusz Paczula

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Feature film

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100% French

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1 h 40 min

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Dolby SR

Posters (1)


Festival Selections (3)

Montreal World Film Festival - 1997

Montreal World Film Festival (Canada, 1997)


Out of Competition

Cannes International Film Festival - 1997

Cannes International Film Festival (France, 1997)


Official Competition - Feature Films