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Elective Affinities

Elective Affinities

A Feature film by Paolo Taviani, Vittorio Taviani

Release in France : 11/06/1997


    Countess Charlotte and Baron Edouard, once madly in love, meet by chance twenty years after having last seen each other. They decide to marry and devote their time to their relationship and the development of their estate in Tuscany. The couple are joined by Otton (an architect and close friend of Edouard's) along with Charlotte's goddaughter, Ottilie. After a communal read ing of a treatise on "elective affinities" - the inexplicable law that separates paired elements and makes them change partners - the two couples experience the same results. After a passionate night between Edouard and Charlotte a child is born that mysteriously resembles Ottilie and Otton. The life and death of the child dramatically marks the parallel progression of the two love stories.

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    Production and distribution (3)

    Co-productions :

    Les Films du Camélia, France 3 Cinéma, Florida Movies

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    Foreign production companies :

    Filmtre, Rai - Radiotelevisione Italiana, Gierre Film

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    "... We wanted to tell love stories..." "... We tried to get closer to the mystery of elective affinities, in nature and between men..." "... We have always been fond of Gothe's work: he was the father of all romantic struggles..." (Paolo and Vittorio Taviani)

    Full credits (13)

    Author of original work :

    Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

    Foreign producer :

    Grazia Volpi

    Director of Photography :

    Giuseppe Lanci

    Sound Assistant :

    Pierre-Yves Bruneel

    Editor :

    Roberto Perpignani

    Music Composer :

    Carlo Crivelli

    Narrator :

    Giancarlo Giannini

    Screenwriters :

    Vittorio Taviani, Paolo Taviani

    Co-producer :

    Jean-Claude Cecile

    Sound Recordist :

    Bernard Bats

    Press Attaché (film) :

    Simona Benzakein

    Production Designer :

    Gianni Sbarra

    Costume designer :

    Lina Nerli-Taviani

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    Feature film

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    Sub-genre :

    Psychological drama

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    Coproducer countries :

    France, Italy

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    Nationality :

    50% French (France, Italy)

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    Runtime :

    1 h 30 min

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    Audio format :

    Dolby SR