Petrograd - 1920. Although Sophia and Trofim Ivanytch have been married a long time, she has never been able to bear him a child ; he finds this unforgiveable. Desperately afraid of losing her husband, Sophia agrees to adapt on orphon : a thirteen-year-old girl. Years later, the adolescent becomes Trofim's mistress. As the waters of the Neva break their banks ans flood the city, Sophia's despoir turns to hatred. She must get rid of this untruder to recover the man she loves...
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"The two stories of "The deluge" - that of the novel and that of the film - reflect in one another. Zamyatin's "The Deluge" was published in Russia in 1929. In 1931, he went into exil in France. In 1935-36, Zamyatin wrote the screenplay for "The Lower Depths", based on Gorky's play, for Jean Renoir. One year later, he died, unknown in France and banned in Russia. Half a century later, Isabelle Huppert discovered Zamyatin's novel. She fell in love with it and immediately wanted to play the character of Sophia (...). I consider Isabelle to be a true Sophia. We shot in Petrograd - Leningrad - St Petersburg. We spoke Russian, we spoke French... We went to Petrograd - Leningrad - St Petersburg like in the novel. In Moscow, we created a "little Petrograd" on gigantic sets. And we used artificial snow in the studio when it was snowing outside..."