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A Feature film by Francis Girod

Produced by Ognon Pictures

Release in France : 08/08/2001

    Synopsis

    Bo Ancclin, 20-year-old transvestite, swings between Maeva, a West Indian transsexual, and streetwalking in Brussels, all the while acting on her desire for handsome Johnny, whose sole response is to insult and humiliate her. In her quest to find this strange young man’s weak point, she soon discovers that Johnny oscillates like she does between two schizophrenic identities. While an investigation leads Huysmans, a worn out cop, to take an interest in Bo, for whom he can’t help feeling esteem, a serial killer unleashes his violence on the prostitutes. Pryzuski, a humane cop, follows the case and is in turn interested in Bo, although we not sure if it’s because he needs her for the case or for himself. An attack puts him out of action and Huysmans takes over the case again which is soon made more complicated by Maeva’s murder. Bo’s friendship with Maeva incites her to carry out her own inquiry, assisted by Maeva’s old neighbor, Louisette, who saw what no one was meant to see and who’ll die because of it. Pryzuski soon follows, killed in his hospital bed. All of them had an inkling of the truth, but were they on the same track? After the serial killer or his imitator? When Bo finds herself face to face with the murderer, she realizes it’s Johnny and, acting on her feelings of love, offers herself up as an expiatory victim. However Huysmans intervenes, kills Johnny, thereby closing the case: Johnny is blamed for all the unsolved murders. Whereas Bo has caught on that the murders of Pryzuski, Maeva and Louisette are part of a macabre plot to save a rotten cop from being exposed. Bo’s love for Johnny even prevails after death and enables her to unmask Huysmans; the final truth, born in blood some twenty years earlier, connecting the cop and Johnny, rises to the surface.

    Actors (22)

    Production and distribution (5)

    Executive Producer :

    Ognon Pictures

    Foreign production companies :

    RTL TVI Belgique, K2 Productions

    French distribution :

    Pyramide Distribution

    Co-production :

    France 3 Cinéma

    Film exports/foreign sales :

    Pyramide International

    Photos (3)

    Full credits (17)

    Executive Producer :

    Humbert Balsan

    Dialogue Writers :

    Philippe Cougrand, Francis Girod

    Screenwriters :

    Francis Girod, Philippe Cougrand

    Sound recordists :

    Henri Morelle, Christophe Winding

    Production Manager :

    Stéphane Lhoest

    Editor :

    Isabelle Dedieu

    Continuity supervisor :

    Joëlle Keyser

    Music Composer :

    Alexandre Desplat

    Sound Mixer :

    Claude Villand

    Assistant directors :

    François Domange, Véronique Jadin

    Author of original work :

    Brigitte Aubert

    Director of Photography :

    Thierry Jault

    Assistant Operators :

    Rachel Perez, Philippe Therasse, Hervé Lodé

    Press Attaché (film) :

    Christopher Robba

    Assistant editor :

    Mathilde Cousin

    Production Designer :

    Perrine Rulens

    Costume designer :

    Nathalie Leborgne

    Technical details

    Feature film

    Genres :

    Fiction

    Sub-genre :

    Psychological drama

    Production language :

    French

    Coproducer countries :

    Belgium, France

    Original French-language productions :

    Unknown

    Nationality :

    Majority French (Belgium, France)

    Production year :

    2001

    French release :

    08/08/2001

    Runtime :

    1 h 50 min

    Current status :

    Released

    Visa number :

    101.326

    Visa issue date :

    08/08/2001

    Approval :

    Yes

    Production formats :

    35mm

    Color type :

    Color

    Aspect ratio :

    CinemaScope

    Audio format :

    Dolby SR

    Posters (1)

    Director

    Festival Selections

    Awards

    Cesar Awards - French film industry awards - 2002

    Cesar Awards - French film industry awards (France, 2002)

    Awards

    César Award for Most Promising Actor : Robinson Stévenin

    Delegations

    Website