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A Foreign Body

A Foreign Body

A Feature film by Claire Simon

Produced by Zélie Productions

Release in France : 08/10/1997


    It's a story which befalls a woman, through a question she's asked : "Are you pregnant ?". She doesn't know, and on the spur of the moment she leaves it hanging. However that doesn't bode well for her boyfriend, who was planning on leaving her : he winds up believing it. Try as he will to tell he doesn't want a child, she does nothing to terminate... because in fact she's not pregnant. Only thing is , she can't manage to tell him. She leaves things be, only to further stave off the dreaded moment of breaking that spell wich draws him to her, conforts her very ill father and delights her entourage. Day by day, the fiction takes hold and nothing can seem to stop it.

    Actors (10)

    Production and distribution (4)

    Executive Producer :

    Zélie Productions

    Foreign production company :

    Les Productions du Verseau

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    "Gestation, birth, childhood, adulthood and death. A simplistic falsehood expressing what in life is both ordinary and miraculous : the birth of a child. The miracle which in this story allows falsehood to flourish, is precisely that ordinary miracle of birth. "A Foreign Body" is an inside-out version : a "fiction" of one of the world's most ordinary stories : a woman becoming a mother." (Claire Simon)

    Full credits (11)

    Executive Producer :

    Catherine Jacques

    Screenwriter :

    Claire Simon

    Sound recordists :

    Dominique Lancelot, Jean-Pierre Laforce

    Editor :

    Catherine Quesemand

    Music Composers :

    Archie Shepp, Catherine Ringer

    Costume designer :

    Anne Autran

    Assistant Director :

    Jacques Reboud

    Director of Photography :

    Richard Copans

    Press Attaché (film) :

    Marie-Christine Damiens

    Production Designer :

    Michel Vandestien

    Casting :

    Luc Leclerc du Sablon

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    Feature film

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    France, Canada

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    Majority French (France, Canada)

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    Runtime :

    1 h 59 min

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    Dolby SRD

    Posters (1)


    Festival Selections (3)

    Lisbon - French Film Festival - 2000

    Lisbon - French Film Festival (Portugal, 2000)


    Cinematheque Program - New French Cinema

    Cairo - International Film Festival - 1997

    Cairo - International Film Festival (Egypt, 1997)


    Out of Competition

    Directors' Fortnight - 1997

    Directors' Fortnight (France, 1997)


    Cinema in France