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L'Enthousiasme

A Feature film by Ricardo Larrain

Produced by Paraiso Production Diffusion

Release in France : 26/04/2000

    Synopsis

    Fernando, Isabelle and their son, Miguel, settle in Arica, a frontier town in Peru. They intend setting up an "adventure tourism" business. They find Guillermo, a childhood friend, living there. He directs fake television programmes which he sells to European stations. The couple's business prospers, but carried away by his enthusiasm, Fernando joins a powerful finance group of dubious repute. He sacrifices his family, his friends and their communal utopia of an "Independent Republic." Isabel is unwilling to be hostage to this new life. She leaves Fernando and makes her own way, for a time finding refuge in the love that Guillermo has always expressed for her. Inevitably, their ties are broken, and soon all that's left of the "Independent Republic" is the drawing that Miguel preciously protects in his bedroom.

    Actors (5)

    Production and distribution (4)

    Executive Producer :

    Paraiso Production Diffusion

    Film exports/foreign sales :

    Media Luna

    Co-productions :

    Trans Film, Cartel S.A.

    French distribution :

    Mondo Films

    TV Broadcasts: Cumulative total

    TV broadcasts: details by country

    Subject

    Contemporary Chilean cinema lacks a face. It is searching for its identity, while also striving for commercial status. I feel it is very alone, having no meaningful support from the Chilean authorities and no real market to guarantee its livelihood. Utopia is an unquenchable thirst for certainty and absolutes. I think it will never disappear.

    Ricardo Larrain, director (excerpt from press kit)

    Full credits (4)

    Sound Recordist :

    Marcos Aguirre (De)

    Production Designer :

    Patricio Aguilar

    Technical details

    Feature film

    Genres :

    Fiction

    Sub-genre :

    Psychological drama

    Production language :

    Spanish

    Coproducer countries :

    Chile, France

    Original French-language productions :

    Unknown

    Nationality :

    Minority French (Chile, France)

    Production year :

    1998

    French release :

    26/04/2000

    Runtime :

    1 h 45 min

    Current status :

    Released

    Visa number :

    94.814

    Visa issue date :

    14/03/2000

    Approval :

    Yes

    Production formats :

    35mm

    Color type :

    Color

    Aspect ratio :

    1.85

    Audio format :

    Dolby SRD

    Posters (1)

    Director