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Midnight Exam

Midnight Exam

A Feature film by Danièle Dubroux

Produced by Gemini Films

Release in France : 28/10/1998

    Synopsis

    Arriving in the village where she is to meet her aristocratic fiancé Hubert (found through a lonely hearts ad), Serena runs into a bachelor farmer named Roland, who falls madly in love with her and starts robbing banks in order to finance the ladylike lifestyle Serena desires. Undaunted by her confession that she has a social disease, he begs her to marry him. She flees on her wedding night and meets Antoine, a lost, angst-ridden writer.

    Actors (12)

    Production and distribution (4)

    Executive Producer :

    Gemini Films

    Film exports/foreign sales :

    Gemini Films

    Foreign production company :

    Madragoa Filmes

    French distribution :

    Gemini Films

    TV Broadcasts: Cumulative total

    TV broadcasts: details by country

    Subject

    A fine example of the deadpan comedy genre and the best movie so far from Danièle Dubroux, who found her own, offbeat voice with ‘Borderline’ and ‘Diary of a Seducer’. The film starts in one direction (a young woman moves to the country and gets married), then leaves a bunch of characters there and strikes off in a new direction (she gets taken in by a rather eccentric couple, the husband hides her away with her consent but without his wife’s knowledge), before reaching the crucial point of the story where (almost) everyone meets up. What is most disorienting and captivating about the film is that none of the plots or characters overshadows the others. They are all equally entertaining and interesting. This gives the film a lightness and freedom that the actors take on the fly. They, too, are a motley collection of established professionals, novices and amateurs, but instead of treading on each other’s toes they miraculously harmonize together. Within a scene or two, the young Arab gardener sketches out an explosive character, Cluzet excels in the controlled skid, Riaboukine in extravagance, Julie Depardieu in experimentation... All are fun to watch. This ‘midnight test’ is a breeze from start to finish. (“Aden” magazine, October 28th 1998)

    Full credits (17)

    Executive Producer :

    Paulo Branco

    Screenwriter :

    Danièle Dubroux

    Sound Recordist :

    Philippe Morel

    Assistant Operators :

    Olivier Bertrand, Catherine Briault, Manuel Schapira

    Press Attaché (film) :

    Agnès Chabot

    Sound Editor :

    Jean Gargonne

    Production Designer :

    Patrick Durand

    Costume designer :

    Anne Schotte

    Still Photographer :

    David Verlant

    Assistant directors :

    François Baroni, Guillaume Favreau, Rafaele Ravinet-Virbel

    Directors of Photography :

    Bertrand Mouly, Gilles Henry

    Sound Assistant :

    François Lalande

    Production Manager :

    Serge Catoire

    Editor :

    Morgane Spacagna

    Continuity supervisor :

    Bénédicte Darblay

    Music Composer :

    Jean-Marie Sénia

    Sound Mixer :

    Gérard Rousseau

    Technical details

    Feature film

    Genres :

    Fiction

    Production language :

    French

    Coproducer countries :

    Portugal, France

    Original French-language productions :

    Unknown

    Nationality :

    Majority French (Portugal, France)

    Production year :

    1998

    French release :

    28/10/1998

    Runtime :

    1 h 40 min

    Current status :

    Released

    Visa number :

    91.896

    Visa issue date :

    27/10/1998

    Approval :

    Yes

    Production formats :

    35mm

    Color type :

    Color

    Aspect ratio :

    1.85

    Posters (1)

    Director

    Festival Selections (2)

    Warsaw - French Film Festival - 1999

    Warsaw - French Film Festival (Poland, 1999)

    Selection

    Films selected