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Papillons de nuit

Papillons de nuit

A Feature film by John R. Pepper

Produced by Trinacra

Release in France : 16/01/2002

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Actors (6)

Production and distribution (4)

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Film exports/foreign sales :

FTD International Cinéma, Orange Studio

Co-production :

France 2 Cinéma

French distribution :

Euripide Distribution


A dark, moonless night of driving rain. In a port in a large city, a fight breaks out, three against one. Danny, the “victim”, although severely beaten, manages to haul himself to his feet and wipe out his adversaries. Wounded and exhausted, he heads for the only bar that’s still open. Inside, a girl who’s as lost as he is, finishes her evening by dancing alone to the music from a jukebox. Although they don’t know it, they’re both as desperate and lonely as each other. Roberta tries to seduce Danny, but what ensues is more like a wrestling match, where they toss their loneliness and dark, confused pasts at each other. There is no way that Roberta is going to go home alone, even if Danny is dangerous. She takes him to her strange hideout. A rough tenderness develops between them, the night calms them and love consoles them. For a few moments, they dream that happiness and a normal life together are possible, they can see the wedding, the white dress… They smile as they fall asleep at dawn… All their dreams may just come true…

Photos (3)

Full credits (12)

Author of original work :

John Patrick Shanley

Director of Photography :

Eduardo Serra

Press Attaché (film) :

Eva Simonet

Sound Editor :

Mourad Louanchi

Production Designer :

Jean-Louis Poveda

Costume designer :

Sylvie de Segonzac

Screenwriters :

Pascal Bancou, John R. Pepper

Sound Recordist :

Paul Lainé

Editor :

Jacques Witta

Continuity supervisor :

Claude Luquet

Music Composer :

Hervé Legrand

Still Photographer :

David Verlant

Technical details

Feature film

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Nationality :

100% French

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Runtime :

1 h 20 min

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Audio format :

Dolby SR

Posters (1)


Festival Selections

Cannes Film Market - 2001

Cannes Film Market (France, 2001)