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A Considerable Disturbance

A Considerable Disturbance

A Feature film by Bernard Stora

Produced by Les Films de la Boissière

Release in France : 22/03/2000

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Actors (18)

Production and distribution (4)

Executive Producer :

Les Films de la Boissière

Film exports/foreign sales :

Les Films de la Boissière

Co-production :

France 3 Cinéma

French distribution :

SND Groupe M6


Laurent is invited to a dinner where he meets Fabienne, a beautiful, lively and intelligent woman old enough to be his mother. She's a journalist responsible for the local edition of an important newspaper. Love is a whole new thing. He becomes obsessed with meeting Fabienne again, feeling her body close to him, her warmth, joy. He learns to laugh, let loose. It's like being born again. But every moment devoted to Fabienne is time he doesn't spend on his other plans. And every bending of the rules is a betrayal. Laurent's emotional upheaval upsets everyone: so much for the glories after his transfer to the Nantes football team, as for his buddies… Torn between contradictory demands, he experiences love like some disease for which he has no cure. Because, for those who aren't ready to accept it, love can be big trouble.


I had just finished writing the film when I came across a sentence in a Julien Green novel that hit me like a hammer: “In the eyes of those who aren’t made to receive it, love is primarily a considerable disturbance.” In a strangely condensed way, it seemed to sum up exactly what I’d been writing about, i.e. the story of a passion that hits two people who don’t have much talent for love, and the “considerable disturbance” that ensues in their lives. The choice is open: it can play as a drama or a comedy, or as drama and comedy rolled into one – I’ve never really been able to tell them apart.

Bernard Stora, Director

Photos (5)

Full credits (13)

Executive Producer :

Annie Miller

Adapter/dialogue writer :

Bernard Stora

Director of Photography :

Gérard de Battista

Production Manager :

Philippe Delest

Editors :

Jacques Comets, Nadine Muse

Production Designer :

Ambre Fernandez-Sansonetti

Costume designer :

Jacqueline Bouchard

Assistant Director :

Badreddine Mokrani

Screenwriters :

Bernard Stora, Gilles Taurand

Sound recordists :

Georges Prat, Frédéric Ullman

Press Attachés (film) :

Laurence Granec, Karine Ménard

Continuity supervisor :

Laurence Lemaire

Music Composer :

Bruno Coulais

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Feature film

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100% French (France)

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Runtime :

1 h 50 min

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Dolby DTS

Posters (1)


Festival Selections (3)

Cairo - International Film Festival - 1999

Cairo - International Film Festival (Egypt, 1999)


Official Competition

TIFF - 1999

TIFF (Canada, 1999)


Contemporary World Cinema


Cairo - International Film Festival - 1999

Cairo - International Film Festival (Egypt, 1999)

Awards (2)

Golden Pyramid for Best Film

Award for Best Screenplay