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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 »
2 wins & 3 nominations See more »
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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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12 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
Gorgeous Kaprisky, but confused screen play, 20 November 1998

It's a real shame that this movie has a such confused screen-play. We are acquainted to non-linear plots, but this one exceeds. Probably this is because the director himself performed as a screen writer, and so we often see shots that have a strong visual impact, and are tecnically impressive, but whose function within the storyline is unnecessary and confusing. So many elements remain undetailed, for instance Ethel's relationship with her parents and the underlying political conspiracy. And the mysterious bohemienne writer that appears twice in the movie... who is? And how comes that he is part of Ethel's background? At a certain point you ask yourself what is going on and what the movie is all about.

Editing is not always faultless, and there is some rough cut.

Coming to the bright side, as I noted above there are good shots, both for directing and for acting that is really good by all actors. Valerie Kaprisky who was then 22 old, appears gorgeous and dramatic at the same time. Huster and Lambert also play their parts convincingly.

Rating: *** (out of six)

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