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A Considerable Disturbance

A Considerable Disturbance

A Feature film by Bernard Stora

Produced by Les Films de la Boissière

Release in France : 22/03/2000


    Laurent is invited to a dinner where he meets Fabienne, a beautiful, lively and intelligent woman old enough to be his mother. She's a journalist responsible for the local edition of an important newspaper. Love is a whole new thing. He becomes obsessed with meeting Fabienne again, feeling her body close to him, her warmth, joy. He learns to laugh, let loose. It's like being born again. But every moment devoted to Fabienne is time he doesn't spend on his other plans. And every bending of the rules is a betrayal. Laurent's emotional upheaval upsets everyone: so much for the glories after his transfer to the Nantes football team, as for his buddies… Torn between contradictory demands, he experiences love like some disease for which he has no cure. Because, for those who aren't ready to accept it, love can be big trouble.

    Actors (18)

    Production and distribution (4)

    Executive Producer :

    Les Films de la Boissière

    Film exports/foreign sales :

    Les Films de la Boissière

    Co-production :

    France 3 Cinéma

    French distribution :

    SND Groupe M6


    I had just finished writing the film when I came across a sentence in a Julien Green novel that hit me like a hammer: “In the eyes of those who aren’t made to receive it, love is primarily a considerable disturbance.” In a strangely condensed way, it seemed to sum up exactly what I’d been writing about, i.e. the story of a passion that hits two people who don’t have much talent for love, and the “considerable disturbance” that ensues in their lives. The choice is open: it can play as a drama or a comedy, or as drama and comedy rolled into one – I’ve never really been able to tell them apart.

    Bernard Stora, Director

    Full credits (17)

    Executive Producer :

    Annie Miller

    Adaptation :

    Bernard Stora

    Screenwriters :

    Bernard Stora, Gilles Taurand

    Assistant Operator :

    Éric Brun

    Press Attachés (film) :

    Laurence Granec, Karine Ménard

    Sound editor :

    Nadine Muse

    Continuity supervisor :

    Laurence Lemaire

    Music Composer :

    Bruno Coulais

    Sound Mixer :

    Jean-Pierre Laforce

    Assistant Director :

    Badreddine Mokrani

    Sound recordists :

    Georges Prat, Frédéric Ullman

    Director of Photography :

    Gérard de Battista

    Production Manager :

    Philippe Delest

    Editor :

    Jacques Comets

    Assistant Editor :

    Mike Fromentin

    Production Designer :

    Ambre Fernandez-Sansonetti

    Costume designer :

    Jacqueline Bouchard

    Technical details

    Feature film

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    100% French (France)

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    Runtime :

    1 h 50 min

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    Dolby DTS

    Posters (1)


    Selections (3)

    Cairo - International Film Festival - 1999

    Cairo - International Film Festival (Egypt, 1999)


    Official Competition

     TIFF (Toronto International Film Festival) - 1999

    TIFF (Toronto International Film Festival) (Canada, 1999)


    Contemporary World Cinema


    Cairo - International Film Festival - 1999

    Cairo - International Film Festival (Egypt, 1999)

    Awards (2)

    Golden Pyramid for Best Film

    Award for Best Screenplay