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A Feature film by Cédric Kahn

Produced by Gemini Films

Release in France : 16/12/1998


    Martin is a restless philosophy teacher. He's tired of teaching and can't get to work on the book he's hoping to write. He's also disturbed by the happiness of his ex-wife. Martin's crisis takes a turn when he meets Cecilia, a young woman suspected of driving an artist to his death. To his surprise, Martin develops a sexual rapport with the far-from-intellectual Cecilia. He claims he's bored, yet continues to see her. He is irritated but fascinated by Cecilia's uncomplicated attitudes toward love, life and sex. His ex-wife becomes a reluctant confidant and privileged spectator of the passion which slowly undermines Martin's certainties.

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    Actors (16)

    Production and distribution (5)

    Executive Producer :

    Gemini Films

    Foreign production company :

    Madragoa Filmes

    French distribution :

    Gemini Films

    Co-production :

    IMA Productions

    Film exports/foreign sales :

    Gemini Films

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    International releases (22)

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    Laurence Ferreira Barbosa, who worked on the casting of “Le Bar des rails”, advised me to read “La Noia” by Alberto Moravia. She thought the novel had elements in common with my film, about a mute youngster and a grownup. I was hooked from page one and I couldn’t put it down. I devoured it like a thriller. I had no intention of making a film version but the book wouldn’t let me go. Every time I started to write a story, I realized it always came back to a female character who makes a man crazy with dependence on her. I ended up believing that this was the story I wanted to tell. But the real, deep reasons are still unclear. I’m like Martin, the main character, with Cecilia. I made the film to find out why I had to do it. (Cédric Kahn in “Positif” magazine, December )

    Full credits (22)

    Executive Producer :

    Paulo Branco

    Author of original work :

    Alberto Moravia

    Screenwriters :

    Cédric Kahn, Laurence Ferreira Barbosa

    Director of Photography :

    Pascal Marti

    Assistant Operator :

    Julien Bureau

    Press Attaché (film) :

    Agnès Chabot

    Sound Editor :

    Pascal Villard

    Continuity supervisor :

    Camille Brottes

    Stunt performer :

    Daniel Vérité

    Costume designer :

    Françoise Clavel

    Still Photographer :

    Jean-Claude Lother

    Assistant directors :

    Thomas Alfandari, Valérie Megard

    Sound recordists :

    Jean-Paul Mugel, Dominique Hennequin, Fabien Adelin

    Co-producer :

    Georges Benayoun

    Sound assistant :

    Sophie Laloy

    Production managers :

    Philippe Saal, Antoine Beau

    Editor :

    Yann Dedet

    Assistant editors :

    Marie Da Costa, Julie Pelat, Juliette Urbain

    Production Designer :

    François Abelanet

    Casting :

    Antoinette Boulat, Antoine Carrard, Sarah Teper

    Sound Mixer :

    Dominique Hennequin

    Location Manager :

    Jean-Dominique Chouchan

    Technical details

    Feature film

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    Sub-genre :

    Psychological drama

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    Coproducer countries :

    Portugal, France

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    Nationality :

    Majority French (Portugal, France)

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    Runtime :

    2 h 2 min

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    Dolby SR

    Posters (1)


    Selections (10)

    Melbourne French Film Festival - 2000

    Melbourne French Film Festival (Australia, 2000)


    Films selected

    Cesar Awards - French film industry awards - 1999

    Cesar Awards - French film industry awards (France, 1999)

    Selection (3)

    Best Actor : Charles Berling

    Most Promising Actress : Sophie Guillemin

    Best Supporting Actress : Arielle Dombasle

    Acapulco French Film Festival - 1998

    Acapulco French Film Festival (Mexico, 1998)


    French Feature Films

    Venice International Film Festival  - 1998

    Venice International Film Festival (Italy, 1998)


    Perspective Section

    Montreal World Film Festival - 1998

    Montreal World Film Festival (Canada, 1998)


    Compétition internationale