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Papillons de nuit

Papillons de nuit

A Feature film by John R. Pepper

Produced by Trinacra

Release in France : 16/01/2002


    A dark, moonless night of driving rain. In a port in a large city, a fight breaks out, three against one. Danny, the “victim”, although severely beaten, manages to haul himself to his feet and wipe out his adversaries. Wounded and exhausted, he heads for the only bar that’s still open. Inside, a girl who’s as lost as he is, finishes her evening by dancing alone to the music from a jukebox. Although they don’t know it, they’re both as desperate and lonely as each other. Roberta tries to seduce Danny, but what ensues is more like a wrestling match, where they toss their loneliness and dark, confused pasts at each other. There is no way that Roberta is going to go home alone, even if Danny is dangerous. She takes him to her strange hideout. A rough tenderness develops between them, the night calms them and love consoles them. For a few moments, they dream that happiness and a normal life together are possible, they can see the wedding, the white dress… They smile as they fall asleep at dawn… All their dreams may just come true…

    Actors (6)

    Production and distribution (4)

    Executive Producer :


    Film exports/foreign sales :

    Orange Studio, France tv distribution

    Co-production :

    France 2 Cinéma

    French distribution :

    Euripide Distribution

    Photos (3)

    Full credits (12)

    Author of original work :

    John Patrick Shanley

    Director of Photography :

    Eduardo Serra

    Press Attaché (film) :

    Eva Simonet

    Sound Editor :

    Mourad Louanchi

    Production Designer :

    Jean-Louis Poveda

    Costume designer :

    Sylvie de Segonzac

    Screenwriters :

    Pascal Bancou, John R. Pepper

    Sound Recordist :

    Paul Lainé

    Editor :

    Jacques Witta

    Continuity supervisor :

    Claude Luquet

    Music Composer :

    Hervé Legrand

    Still Photographer :

    David Verlant

    Technical details

    Feature film

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    Production country :

    France (100.0%)

    Original French-language productions :


    Nationality :

    100% French (France)

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    Runtime :

    1 h 20 min

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    Audio format :

    Dolby SR

    Posters (1)


    Festival Selections

    Cannes Film Market - 2001

    Cannes Film Market (France, 2001)