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A Feature film by Valeria Sarmiento

Produced by Arion Productions

Release in France : 12/06/1996


    A husband in love and a wife satisfied by this love; yet they won't be happy, at least in the conventional sense of the word. For the husband is so in love he becomes a little paranoid and the wife, a slightly neurotic Hitchcock heroine, is so charmed that this shocks her. Therefore, in a distinctly matrimonial manner, they embark upon a dual process of destruction that can be nothing but mercilessly comical.

    Actors (5)

    Production and distribution (4)

    Co-production :

    Baccara Productions

    French distribution :

    Les Films de l'Atalante


    "The thing I liked, in addition to the screenplay and its style, was the variation suggested by Valéria Sarmiento in the title. By adding an ironic "le" and transforming Bunuel's macho "El" into a glorious, female "El-Le", she aimed to analyse the neurosis resulting from this role reversal and fresh confrontation. A man depossessed, not only of the title role, but also, as a result, of his attributes. The analysis of this jealousy suddenly becomes derisory and pathetic or even infantile, since it concerns a man who has lost his title and who continues to dread the loss of his wife, the very object of a status that no longer exists."

    (Didier Flamand - Actor)

    Full credits (12)

    Executive Producer :

    Patrick Sandrin

    Screenwriters :

    Raoul Ruiz, Valeria Sarmiento

    Director of Photography :

    Stephan Ivanov

    Production manager :

    Catherine Jacques

    Editor :

    Rodolfo Wedeles

    Music Composer :

    Jorge Arriagada

    Author of original work :

    Mercedès Pinto

    Co-producers :

    Chantal Perrin, Pierre-Alain Meier, Joaquim Pinto

    Sound recordists :

    Ludmila Machalnichk, Alain Garnier

    Press Attaché (film) :

    Marie Queysanne

    Production Designers :

    Thierry Flamand, Giorgy Todorov

    Costume designers :

    Boriana Semejieva, Mathilde Matos

    Technical details

    Feature film

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    Psychological drama

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    Coproducer countries :

    Bulgaria, Switzerland, Portugal, France

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    Nationality :

    Majority French (Bulgaria, Switzerland, Portugal, France)

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    Runtime :

    1 h 26 min

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    Posters (1)


    Festival Selections

    San Sebastian International Film Festival - 1995

    San Sebastian International Film Festival (Spain, 1995)


    Official Competition