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Midnight Exam

Midnight Exam

A Feature film by Danièle Dubroux

Produced by Gemini Films

Release in France : 28/10/1998

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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

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.

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