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There is an author who has been dumped by his girlfriend and has no inspiration for a next novel. In an attempt to find a solution to both crises, he, along with his publisher friend, ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Antoine
Judith Henry ...
Catherine
Maurice Garrel ...
Jean
Marie Bunel ...
Solange
François Toumarkine ...
Manu
Brice Beaugier ...
Solange's Friend
Yvette Petit ...
Baker's Wife
Nicole Félix ...
Monique
Olivier Achard ...
Customer
Serge Riaboukine ...
Cafe Waiter
Katia Popova ...
Girl in Cafe
Amy Laviètes ...
Ewa
Hélène Hardouin ...
Catherine's Friend
Marie Verdi ...
Woman in Restaurant
Pierre Gérald ...
Scientist
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There is an author who has been dumped by his girlfriend and has no inspiration for a next novel. In an attempt to find a solution to both crises, he, along with his publisher friend, decides to seduce a young woman with the singular purpose of keeping a diary of the seduction and then dump her before publishing the book about it. Unfortunately he falls in love with her. Written by Neel V Kumar <neelvk@iname.com>

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21 November 1990 (France)  »

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$229,160 (USA)
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3 June 2002 | by (cd332.livejournal.com) – See all my reviews

Another instance where movieland gets a charming girl to play a person whom the other characters refer to as "hideous" and "ugly." I suppose that's a film-making aside for the audience to see her inner beauty to which the other characters are blind. I'd like to see a film where the supposed ugly character is played by a truly "ugly" character actor : that way, our values and perceptions are challenged to overcome surface beauty as much as the characters on screen are challenged to.

Jean and Antoine's relationship is interesting. Jean symbolizes an omniscient force in Antoine's setup match with Catherine. Antoine continually consults Jean for the next move in the relationship. One gets the feeling Antoine and Catherine are pawns in a chess game Jean is playing. But who is Jean playing against?

There is a pattern of repetition that is established from early on in the movie. Antoine's daily visits to the cafe, his visits to Jean, the retyping of manuscipts. I got the sense that there are cycles within cycles in an interlocking machine of fate. Do we know who is controlling the destiny of Catherine and Antoine's relationship? Is it Jean, is it Antoine, Catherine?

The little anecdotes Antoine tells are the subtext/footnotes to the storyline.

Catherine walking alone on the countryside to Domenico Scarlatti's K87 sonata is a gasp of quiet solitude that subtly expands her loner narrative.


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