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Dominique Garnier (scenario) &
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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 »
2 wins & 3 nominations See more »
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Francis Huster ... Lucas Kessling

Valérie Kaprisky ... Ethel (as Valerie Kaprisky)

Lambert Wilson ... Milan Mliska

Patrick Bauchau ... Le père d'Ethel
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 (as Nathalie Becue)

Lucas Belvaux ... François
René Bériard ... Mgr Shlapas (as Rene Beriard)
Marc Berman ... Un conspirateur
René Breuil (as Rene Breuil)
Julien Bukowski ... Un automobiliste
Michèle Couty (as Michele 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 (as Agnes Scheinberg)
Serge Spira
Bernard Waver ... Salomon

Directed by
Andrzej Zulawski 
Writing credits
Dominique Garnier (scenario) &
Andrzej Zulawski (scenario)

Dominique Garnier (novel)

Produced by
René Cleitman .... producer (as Rene Cleitman)
Original Music by
Alain Wisniak 
Cinematography by
Sacha Vierny 
Film Editing by
Marie-Sophie Dubus  (as Marie Sophie Dubus)
Production Design by
Bohdan Paczowski 
Christian Siret 
Costume Design by
Olga Berluti 
Jean Zay 
Makeup Department
Rachel Benaich .... hair stylist
Michel Deruelle .... key makeup artist
Nadine Dumas .... hair stylist
Monique Huylebroeck .... key makeup artist
Production Management
Patrick Bordier .... unit manager
Jean-Marc Deschamps .... production manager
Paul Maigret .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Yann Gilbert .... second assistant director
Alain Maline .... first assistant director
Marc Vadé .... assistant director (as Marc Vade)
Art Department
Alain Alexandre .... property master
Pascal Graffin .... set dresser
Laurent Coutellier .... painter (uncredited)
Sound Department
Joël Beldent .... sound
Jocelyne Cartier-Stern .... post-synchronisation (as Jocelyne Cartier)
Dominique Duchatelle .... sound assistant
Elvire Lerner .... sound
Jonathan Liebling .... foley artist
Jacques Lévy .... post-synchronisation (as Jacques Levy)
Harald Maury .... sound
Special Effects by
Jean Berard .... special effects
Guy Trielli .... special effects
Yves Trielli .... special effects
Michel Berreur .... action coordinator
Rémy Julienne .... stunt coordinator (as Remy Julienne)
Camera and Electrical Department
Jean-Marie Dreujou .... second assistant camera
Etienne George .... still photographer
Jacques Labesse .... first assistant camera
Jean-Claude Le Bras .... chief electrician (as Jean-Claude Lebras)
Georges Pierre .... still photographer
Yves Rodallec .... camera operator
Guy Savidan .... grip
André Thiéry .... key grip (as Andre Thiery)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Sylvie Gluck .... costumer
Dominique Roulance .... costumer
Editorial Department
Suzanne Lang-Willar .... assistant editor
Josiane Zardoya .... editing intern
Music Department
Dominique Perrier .... orchestrator
Alain Wisniak .... orchestrator
Other crew
Marc Bernard .... press attache
Sylvie Koechlin .... script supervisor
Gérald Molto .... production accountant (as Gerald Molto)
Christine Raffa-Catonné .... script trainee (as Christine Raffa)
Harmel Sbraire .... choreographer
Harmel Sbraire .... coach: actors
Marguerite Théoule .... production secretary (as Marguerite Theoule)

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Additional Details

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

Did You Know?

Valérie Kaprisky took dance lessons to perform her two nude dance scenes. She practiced to the music of David Bowie and two of his songs were played on set during the scenes. But obtaining the rights to use Bowie's music would have eclipsed the film's entire budget, so composer Alain Wisniak had to create new music to go with the footage.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Witnesses (2007)See more »
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6 out of 8 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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