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Only the Night

Only the Night

A Feature film by Xavier Giannoli

Produced by Rectangle Productions

Release in France : 31/08/2005


    Cécile and Julien have just moved in together. They’re in love. One evening, coming home from work, Julien encounters an enigmatic young woman. Barefoot and in a state of shock, she doesn’t know where she is.
    Julien follows her, risking everything to discover her secret. But there’s another man on the scene, Louis. Julien lets himself get caught up in their story, one that will eventually lead to crime.



    Only the Night


    Actors (6)

    Production and distribution (4)

    Executive Producer :

    Rectangle Productions

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    Foreign production company :

    Michel de Wouters Productions

    French distribution :

    Mars Distribution

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    Only the Night by Xavier Giannoli (Une Aventure, France, 2005, 100 min.). This hypnotic second film from Xavier Giannoli (Eager Bodies) features Nicolas Duvauchelle (L'Enfer, À tout de suite, and Beau Travail) as Julien, a man who lives with his girlfriend, but comes home late from work one night to encounter Gabrielle, a young, beautiful, seemingly lost, woman (Ludivine Sagnier, Swimming Pool) in front of his building. She mumbles something to him, like a call for help, and then vanishes. Julien becomes obsessed with the mystery surrounding Gabrielle. He discovers that she lives across the street with an intimidating, violent-looking man. Following her at night, Julien sees Gabrielle sleepwalking, perhaps a refugee from the distressing world she doubtlessly inhabits. Risking everything, including his girlfriend’s love, Julien plunges into Gabrielle’s strange but fascinating life, determined to save her from whatever it is she’s trying to escape.

    Description adapted from the UK French Film Festival.

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    Full credits (13)

    Executive Producer :

    Édouard Weil

    Screenwriters :

    Xavier Giannoli, Jacques Fieschi

    Sound Recordist :

    François Musy

    Production manager :

    Marie-Jeanne Pascal

    Editor :

    Philippe Kotlarski

    Production Designer :

    François-Renaud Labarthe

    Costume designer :

    Charlotte Toscan du Plantier

    Assistant Director :

    Dominique Delany

    Director of Photography :

    Yorick Le Saux

    Assistant Operator :

    Emile Dubuisson

    Press Attachés (film) :

    André-Paul Ricci, Tony Arnoux

    Continuity supervisor :

    Valentine Traclet

    Music Composer :

    Alexandre Desplat

    Technical details

    Feature film

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    Sub-genre :

    Drama, Romance

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    Coproducer countries :

    France, Belgium

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    Nationality :

    Majority French (France, Belgium)

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    Runtime :

    1 h 40 min

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    Dolby DTS