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Perfect Love

Perfect Love

A Feature film by Catherine Breillat

Produced by Dacia Films

Release in France : 23/10/1996


    Dunkirk, a rebuilt postwar town, soulless and yet mysterious, here on the North, Sea coast, the perfect place for lovers' walks. Christophe and Frédérique become entwined in a love affair. He's twenty-eight, she's been out in the world and seen it all. He comes on like a grownup male. She's surprised at first, but eventually decides that their romance is for real. Then reality closes in and uglier truths emerge. Another side of Christophe shows through : selfish, tormented, somewhat rudderless - in a word, young. It makes her suffer. In truth, the dream is over but their love affair drags on until the fateful evening when...

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    Actors (7)

    Production and distribution (4)

    Executive Producer :

    Dacia Films

    Film exports/foreign sales :

    Pyramide International

    Co-productions :

    CB Films, Arte France Cinéma

    French distribution :

    Haut et Court

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    International releases (3)

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    "When I set ou to find an unknown actress, my producer, Georges Benayoun, told me I was lucky. As I wanted an unknown, she had to be extremely beautiful. I was looking for the kind of actress who no longer exists - an Ava Gardner, a Simone Signoret or a Romy Schneider, one who embodies us with paranoid beauty and can glide through the worst indignities unharmed. That is the idea of a star : you can risk exposing her to the worst ordeals because she transcends them. Nothing sullies her. When Isabelle Renauld came to see me, I instantly sensed that she had it. She was what I'd call a natural star. But she was barely more than a girl, obviously too young for the part. I had her do screen tests for my own selfish reasons - just for me, for the memory, for another day, another film, who knows ? The camera is cruel. Often its heartless scalpel bursts the bubble and distorts the beauty. This time the miracle occured. I was fascinated, touched. Isabelle's face gave off a melancholic maturity, an amazing strength mingled with a suicidal instinct : pride in her destiny. From then on, Georges Beanyoun's comment echoed differently in my head. Now it rang with a kind of triumphant joy. The unknown was no longer an empty space, but the revelation of a discovery. Lucky's the word. Incredibly lucky."

    (Catherine Breillat)

    Full credits (11)

    Executive Producer :

    Georges Benayoun

    Sound recordists :

    Jean Minondo, Jacques Thomas-Gérard

    Screenwriter :

    Catherine Breillat

    Press Attaché (film) :

    Claude Davy

    Assistant Editor :

    Éric Armbruster

    Costume designer :

    Cécile Cotten

    Assistant directors :

    Mathias Honoré, Michaël Weill

    Line Producer :

    Françoise Guglielmi

    Director of Photography :

    Laurent Dailland

    Editor :

    Agnès Guillemot

    Production Designer :

    Françoise Dupertuis

    Technical details

    Feature film

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    Psychological drama

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    100% French

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    Runtime :

    1 h 55 min

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    Posters (1)


    Selections (4)

    Lisbon - French Film Festival - 2000

    Lisbon - French Film Festival (Portugal, 2000)


    Cinematheque Program - New French Cinema

    Montreal World Film Festival - 1996

    Montreal World Film Festival (Canada, 1996)


    Cinema of Tomorrow

    Directors' Fortnight - 1996

    Directors' Fortnight (France, 1996)


    Cinema in France