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Dry Cleaning

Dry Cleaning

A Feature film by Anne Fontaine

Produced by Les Films Alain Sarde, Ciné-@

Release in France : 24/09/1997


    In times gone by, it would have been called a den of iniquity: now it's just a provincial night club, near the train station, with "hostesses" and a strip show. One evening a group of friends on a binge, all shopkeepers in the same street, come there to party. Among them are Jean-Marie and his wife Nicole. Fifteen years of love and fidelity, in a dry cleaners in the town center, working like slaves, scouring the slightest stain... No holidays, no outings... And then one evening, everything changes... On stage at "La Nuit des Temps" appears a young boy, disturbing to say the least, doing a transvestite number with his sister. His name is Loïc, he looks like an angel and he's playing it up. For Nicole and Jean-Marie this is the start of a new life: dry-cleaners by day, and out on the tiles by night... At first they play along, for the pleasure of strong sensations, for the thrill... Then, in time, deeper feelings surface. Unthinkable feelings...

    Actors (9)

    Production and distribution (4)

    Executive Producers :

    Les Films Alain Sarde, Ciné-@

    Film exports/foreign sales :

    Tamasa Distribution

    Foreign production company :

    Maestranza Films

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    "If I had played with lesser people, I'd surely have been terrible. Everyone was very trusting of me, especially Anne, but also Charles Berling and Miou-Miou. In them I felt two actors in tune with my beginnings. I was also very impressed with Caroline Champetier. I felt supported, but not safe. I suppose one is never really safe in front of a camera. I didn't control it, I didn't hear myself speak. I had wanted to master a certain vocal register, but I couldn't; it just came out like it did. It's best not to ask too many questions and just go for it." (Stanislas Merhar)

    Full credits (16)

    Executive Producers :

    Philippe Carcassonne, Alain Sarde

    Director of photography :

    Caroline Champetier

    Sound assistant :

    Brigitte Taillandier

    Production manager :

    Michèle Arnould

    Assistant editor :

    Julia Grégory

    Production Designer :

    Antoine Platteau

    Casting :

    Frédérique Moidon, Sylvie Matton

    Sound Mixer :

    Jean-Pierre Laforce

    Screenwriters :

    Anne Fontaine, Gilles Taurand

    Sound Recordist :

    Jean-Claude Laureux

    Camera operators :

    Julien Hirsch, François Mestoudjian

    Editor :

    Luc Barnier

    Continuity supervisor :

    Marguerite Perlado

    Music Composer :

    Patrice Renson

    Costume designer :

    Élisabeth Tavernier

    Still Photographers :

    Moune Jamet, David Koskas, Isabelle Weingarten

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    Feature film

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    Coproducer countries :

    France, Spain

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    Nationality :

    Majority French (France, Spain)

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    Runtime :

    1 h 37 min

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    Dolby SR

    Posters (1)


    Festival Selections (9)

    Cesar Awards - French film industry awards - 1998

    Cesar Awards - French film industry awards (France, 1998)

    Selection (5)

    Best Actress : Miou-Miou

    Best Actor : Charles Berling

    Best Supporting Actress : Mathilde Seigner

    Best Screenplay (Original or Adapted) : Anne Fontaine, Gilles Taurand

    Most Promising Actor : Stanislas Merhar

    Lumiere Awards - 1998

    Lumiere Awards (France, 1998)


    French Films

    Acapulco French Film Festival - 1997

    Acapulco French Film Festival (Mexico, 1997)


    French Feature Films

    Venice International Film Festival  - 1997

    Venice International Film Festival (Italy, 1997)


    Official Competition

    Awards (3)

    Cesar Awards - French film industry awards - 1998

    Cesar Awards - French film industry awards (France, 1998)


    César Award for Most Promising Actor : Stanislas Merhar

    Lumiere Awards - 1998

    Lumiere Awards (France, 1998)


    Meilleure Actrice : Miou-Miou

    Delegations (3)