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28 April 1975 (France) See more »
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A common thief (Depardieu) breaks into the house of a professional dominatrix (Ogier), and begins to help her "train" her clients... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Gérard Depardieu ... Olivier
Bulle Ogier ... Ariane
André Rouyer ... Mario
Nathalie Keryan ... Lucienne
Roland Bertin ... Man in Cage
Tony Taffin ... Emile
Holger Löwenadler ... Gautier
Anny Bartanovski ... Secretary
Serge Berry ... Valet
Richard Caron ... First Client
Pierre Devos ... Bistro Patron
Jeanne Herviale ... Concierge
Michel Pilorgé ... Male Guest
Cécile Pochet ... Female Guest
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jean Parvulesco ... L'homme qui éconduit Olivier (uncredited)

Directed by
Barbet Schroeder 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Barbet Schroeder 
Paul Voujargol 

Produced by
Pierre Andrieux .... producer
Original Music by
Carlos D'Alessio 
Cinematography by
Néstor Almendros  (as Nestor Almendros)
Film Editing by
Denise de Casabianca 
Production Design by
Roberto Plate 
Costume Design by
Karl Lagerfeld 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jean-François Stévenin .... assistant director
Art Department
Allen Jones .... poster artist
Camera and Electrical Department
Florent Bazin .... second assistant camera

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112 min | Australia:112 min (uncut version) | UK:107 min (1981, cut)
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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Australia:R18+ | Canada:R (Manitoba/Ontario) | Canada:(Banned) (Nova Scotia) (original rating) | Canada:18+ (Quebec) | Canada:18 (Nova Scotia) (re-rating) (2004) | France:18 | UK:18 (2003, uncut) | UK:X (heavily cut) | UK:R (original rating) | USA:X

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It is claimed that Parisian masochists didn't merely volunteer for treatment in the Dungeon scenes, but actually paid for the privilege.See more »


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Revealing in several ways.., 21 August 2005
Author: p-hynes from United Kingdom

Story of the power struggle of a professional Dominatrix and her Alph- male boyfriend. Olivier (Gérard Depardieu)is the brutish & confused sponger boyfriend trying to show who's boss to Ariane, the professional Dominatrix. Despite their new relationship his interfering starts to make things difficult for her 'buisiness', aspects of which are shown in graphic style like a slave getting his bits nailed to a piece of 2 by 4. Also interesting to note is that S&m today doesn't seem much different than it was in '76 (note the ballet shoes & other accoutrement's).

A great film, photography and story-wise(but which could have done without the horse slaughter scene). However if I could edit out other parts of this film also, it would be the hulking Neanderthal thug Depardieu depicts (admittly well). Then I would watch this film a million times just for seeing the beautiful Bulle Ogiers Ariane.

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