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A Feature film by Danis Tanovic

Produced by ASAP Films

Release in France : 30/11/2005


    In Paris, during the eighties, a man freed from prison is rejected by his wife. At the end of his rope, he beats her up and then throws himself out the window in front of his three daughters.
    Sophie, Céline and Anne, the three sisters, are now adult, each pursuing their own life. Family ties have been severed.
    Sophie, the eldest, is married to Pierre, a photographer with whom she’s had two children. The couple is going through a rocky patch.
    Céline, single, is the only one who takes care of their feeble mother who is in a retirement home.
    Anne, an architecture student, is having a passionate love affair with Frédéric, one of her teachers.
    A young man enters Céline’s life. Attractive Sébastien seems determined to charm her. What he reveals to Céline brings the three sisters together again, allows them to accept their past and to perhaps at last dare to truly live.

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    Executive Producer :

    ASAP Films

    Film exports/foreign sales :

    Focus Features

    Foreign production companies :

    Man's Films, Sintra, Bitters End

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    From a screenplay by past legend Krzysztof Kieslowski and his longtime collaborator Krzysztof Piesiewicz (The Decalogue and the Red, Blue, and White trilogy), this intense drama concerns the reuniting of three sisters. Sophie (Emmanuelle Béart) suspects her husband of cheating. Anne (Marie Gillain) is involved in a rocky affair with a married professor. Céline (Karin Viard) takes care of their wheelchair- bound mother. Their lives are linked by a shared childhood experience that reverberates in their tempestuous relationships with men. Director Tanovic, whose first feature, No Man’s Land, won an Oscar for Best Foreign Film in 2002, was selected to make this second part in a trilogy based on Dante’s Inferno, conceived and written shortly before Kieslowski’s death. L’Enfer concerns itself with the same themes of predestination versus free will that were the hallmarks of Kieslowski’s oeuvre.

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    Executive Producer :

    Cedomir Kolar

    Authors of original work :

    Krzysztof Kieslowski, Krzysztof Piesiewicz

    Foreign producers :

    Marion Hänsel, Yuji Sadai

    Sound Recordist :

    Dirk Bombey

    Editor :

    Francesca Calvelli

    Casting :

    Pierre-Jacques Bénichou

    Sound mixers :

    Cyril Holtz, Vincent Cosson

    Assistant Director :

    Olivier Jacquet

    Screenwriter :

    Krzysztof Piesiewicz

    Director of Photography :

    Laurent Dailland

    Press Attaché (film) :

    Vanessa Jerrom

    Production Designer :

    Aline Bonetto

    Costume designer :

    Caroline de Vivaise

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    Feature film

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    Coproducer countries :

    France, Italy, Belgium, Japan

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    Majority French (France, Italy, Belgium, Japan)

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    1 h 35 min

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    Dolby SRD

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