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A Feature film by Cédric Kahn

Produced by Gemini Films

Release in France : 16/12/1998

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Actors (16)

Production and distribution (5)

Executive Producer :

Gemini Films

Foreign production company :

Madragoa Filmes

French distribution :

Gemini Films

Co-production :

Ima Films

Film exports/foreign sales :

Gemini Films

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Martin is a restless philosophy teacher. He's tired of teaching and can't get to work on the book he's hoping to write. He's also disturbed by the happiness of his ex-wife. Martin's crisis takes a turn when he meets Cecilia, a young woman suspected of driving an artist to his death. To his surprise, Martin develops a sexual rapport with the far-from-intellectual Cecilia. He claims he's bored, yet continues to see her. He is irritated but fascinated by Cecilia's uncomplicated attitudes toward love, life and sex. His ex-wife becomes a reluctant confidant and privileged spectator of the passion which slowly undermines Martin's certainties.


Laurence Ferreira Barbosa, who worked on the casting of “Le Bar des rails”, advised me to read “La Noia” by Alberto Moravia. She thought the novel had elements in common with my film, about a mute youngster and a grownup. I was hooked from page one and I couldn’t put it down. I devoured it like a thriller. I had no intention of making a film version but the book wouldn’t let me go. Every time I started to write a story, I realized it always came back to a female character who makes a man crazy with dependence on her. I ended up believing that this was the story I wanted to tell. But the real, deep reasons are still unclear. I’m like Martin, the main character, with Cecilia. I made the film to find out why I had to do it. (Cédric Kahn in “Positif” magazine, December )

Full credits (22)

Executive Producer :

Paulo Branco

Author of original work :

Alberto Moravia

Co-producer :

Georges Benayoun

Sound recordists :

Jean-Paul Mugel, Dominique Hennequin, Fabien Adelin

Assistant Operator :

Julien Bureau

Press Attaché (film) :

Agnès Chabot

Sound Editor :

Pascal Villard

Continuity supervisor :

Camille Brottes

Stunt performer :

Daniel Vérité

Costume designer :

Françoise Clavel

Still Photographer :

Jean-Claude Lother

Assistant directors :

Thomas Alfandari, Valérie Megard

Screenwriters :

Cédric Kahn, Laurence Ferreira Barbosa

Director of Photography :

Pascal Marti

Sound assistant :

Sophie Laloy

Production managers :

Philippe Saal, Antoine Beau

Editor :

Yann Dedet

Assistant editors :

Marie Da Costa, Julie Pelat, Juliette Urbain

Production Designer :

François Abelanet

Casting :

Antoinette Boulat, Antoine Carrard, Sarah Teper

Sound Mixer :

Dominique Hennequin

Location Manager :

Jean-Dominique Chouchan

Technical details

Feature film

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Psychological drama

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Coproducer countries :

Portugal, France

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Majority French (Portugal, France)

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Runtime :

2 h 2 min

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Dolby SR

Posters (1)


Festival Selections (10)

Melbourne French Film Festival - 2000

Melbourne French Film Festival (Australia, 2000)


Films selected

Cesar Awards - French film industry awards - 1999

Cesar Awards - French film industry awards (France, 1999)

Selection (3)

Most Promising Actress : Sophie Guillemin

Best Supporting Actress : Arielle Dombasle

Best Actor : Charles Berling

Acapulco French Film Festival - 1998

Acapulco French Film Festival (Mexico, 1998)


French Feature Films

Venice International Film Festival  - 1998

Venice International Film Festival (Italy, 1998)


Perspective Section

Montreal World Film Festival - 1998

Montreal World Film Festival (Canada, 1998)


Compétition internationale