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My Sex Life... or How I Got Into an Argument

My Sex Life... or How I Got Into an Argument

A Feature film by Arnaud Desplechin

Produced by Why Not Productions

Release in France : 12/06/1996


    Paul Dédalus is 29. He's an assistant professor at a Paris university. Paul became a teacher only reluctantly. He yearns to quit this "temporary" job, but can't bring himself to. Consequently, he hasn't finished his doctorate which would make him a full professor. In this way, with his modest earnings, he lives a half-life, waiting to begin what he might call "his life as a man".

    Actors (23)

    Production and distribution (4)

    Executive Producer :

    Why Not Productions

    Film exports/foreign sales :

    The Bureau Sales

    Co-productions :

    France 2 Cinéma, Arte France Cinéma

    French distribution :

    Bac Films Distribution

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    "We have the impression that our life follow a certain path and that it is made up of a number of episodes that "happen to us" in such a way that we know it is our own particular life in question and not someone else's, enabling us to give a more or less coherent description of it. However, for Paul, that is not at all obvious. He has been giving classes at the University for years now but he still isn't convinced that this is the right job for him. As a storyteller, he can invent lives for others but finds himself unable to describe his own life and neatly order the few events that he thinks have happened to him into a coherent story. Thus, Paul Dedalus has to learn about self-evidence and this process will be violently imposed on him by others - Sylvia, who shows him people can change, Valérie, who tries to annihilate him just as she annihilate Jean-Jacques, and finally Frédéric Rabier, his enemy, who offends him."
    (Emmanuel Bourdieu - co-screenwriter)

    Full credits (19)

    Executive Producer :

    Pascal Caucheteux

    Screenwriters :

    Arnaud Desplechin, Emmanuel Bourdieu

    Sound recordists :

    Laurent Poirier, Jean-Pierre Laforce

    Assistant Operator :

    Dominique Perrier

    Press Attaché (film) :

    Agnès Chabot

    Sound editors :

    Mathilde Grosjean, Mathilde Muyard

    Production Designer :

    Antoine Platteau

    Casting :

    Stéphane Batut, Jeanne Biras, Claude Martin

    French Distributor :

    Jean Labadie

    Still Photographer :

    Jean-Claude Lother

    Assistant directors :

    Bénédicte Darblay, Aude Cathelin

    Director of Photography :

    Éric Gautier

    Sound Assistant :

    Michel Casang

    Camera Operator :

    Stéphane Fontaine

    Editor :

    François Gédigier

    Assistant editor :

    Laurence Briaud

    Music Composer :

    Krishna Levy

    Costume designer :

    Claire Gérard-Hirne

    Sound Mixer :

    Didier Lize

    Technical details

    Feature film

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    100% French (France)

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    Runtime :

    2 h 58 min

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    Dolby SR

    Posters (1)



    Festival Selections (5)

    Cesar Awards - French film industry awards - 1997

    Cesar Awards - French film industry awards (France, 1997)

    Selection (3)

    Most Promising Actor : Mathieu Amalric

    Most Promising Actress : Jeanne Balibar

    Most Promising Actress : Emmanuelle Devos

    Montreal World Film Festival - 1996

    Montreal World Film Festival (Canada, 1996)


    Out of Competition

    Cannes International Film Festival - 1996

    Cannes International Film Festival (France, 1996)


    Official Competition - Feature Films


    Cesar Awards - French film industry awards - 1997

    Cesar Awards - French film industry awards (France, 1997)


    César Award for Most Promising Actor : Mathieu Amalric