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Release Date:
16 May 1984 (France) See more »
An unexperienced young actress is invited to play a role in a film based on Dostoyevsky's 'The Possessed'... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Valérie Kaprisky ... Ethel
Francis Huster ... Lucas Kessling

Lambert Wilson ... Milan Mliska

Patrick Bauchau ... Le père d'Ethel / Ethel's Father
Giselle Pascal ... Gertrude
Roger Dumas ... André, le photographe
Diane Delor ... Elena Mliska
Jean-Paul Farré ... Pierre
Olivier Achard ... Le premier assistant réalisateur
Yveline Ailhaud ... Rachel
Michel Albertini ... Maurice
Marianne Basler ... Une jeune anarchiste
Nathalie Bécue ... L'habilleuse

Lucas Belvaux ... François
René Bériard ... Mgr Shlapas
Marc Berman ... Un conspirateur
René Breuil
Julien Bukowski ... Un automobiliste
Michèle Couty
Martine De Coninck
Marie-Christine Demarest
Philippe Desboeuf
Michael Goldman ... Le producteur
Andrzej Jaroszewicz ... L'opérateur
Sylvie Le Pennuen ... La maquilleuse
Martine Logier ... Une infirmière
Vincent Martin ... Vincent
Pascale Pellegrin
Etienne Roda-Gil
Agnès Scheinberg ... Une serveuse
Serge Spira
Bernard Waver ... Salomon

Directed by
Andrzej Zulawski 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Dominique Garnier  novel
Dominique Garnier  scenario
Andrzej Zulawski  scenario

Produced by
René Cleitman .... producer
Original Music by
Alain Wisniak 
Cinematography by
Sacha Vierny 
Film Editing by
Marie-Sophie Dubus 
Production Design by
Bohdan Paczowski 
Costume Design by
Olga Berluti 
Jean Zay 
Production Management
Paul Maigret .... production manager
Art Department
Laurent Coutellier .... painter
Sound Department
Jonathan Liebling .... foley artist
Rémy Julienne .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Jean-Marie Dreujou .... second assistant camera
Jacques Labesse .... first assistant camera
Georges Pierre .... still photographer
Yves Rodallec .... camera operator
Other crew
Sylvie Koechlin .... script supervisor
Christine Raffa-Catonné .... script trainee
Harmel Sbraire .... coach: actors

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Also Known As:
"The Public Woman" - USA (literal English title)
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113 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Finland:K-16 | France:-12 | Netherlands:16 (original rating) (1985) | Portugal:M/18 | South Korea:18 | South Korea:15 (DVD rating) (2011) | West Germany:18

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5 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Awesome, 9 June 2011
Author: songey2002 from Mexico

This movie might confuse and frustrate viewers and rightly so, for it's lack of discernible plot elements and objectives, but rightly so because Throughout his career Zulawsky as director is more concerned with making his viewers go thru the raw emotions, sights and situations rather than drawing conclusions or tying plots.

The key in this film is that everything is experienced thru the point of view of Ethel - a stunning Valerie Kaprisky - we are limited to what she experiences and thinks, and it is a very emotionally charged view, one in which only the senses and guts can be trusted ... to an extent.

This might be obvious, but the film also deals with a lot about sexuality, there is a lot of sexual tension throughout the film, right from the title and the first images the main force driving the film is the associative and intuitive.

The production is very detailed, and impressive in the sense that is firmly supportive of the history, I have always found Zulawsky a superior director in his choice of locations, actors, misè-en-scene, etc.

Finally it has a bit of uneven pace, and in the end this movie is more a feast for the senses than an intellectual mystery.

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