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17 September 1997 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
Paul Dedalus is at a crossroads in his life. He has to make several decisions; should he complete his doctorate... See more » | Add synopsis »
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1 win & 3 nominations See more »
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love as it happens See more (13 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Mathieu Amalric ... Paul Dedalus

Emmanuelle Devos ... Esther
Emmanuel Salinger ... Nathan
Marianne Denicourt ... Sylvia
Thibault de Montalembert ... Bob

Chiara Mastroianni ... Patricia
Denis Podalydès ... Jean-Jacques

Jeanne Balibar ... Valérie
Fabrice Desplechin ... Ivan
Hélène Lapiower ... Le Mérou
Michel Vuillermoz ... Frédéric Rabier
Roland Amstutz ... Chernov

Marion Cotillard ... Student
Solenn Jarniou ... Pascale
Philippe Duclos ... Spiritual Accompanist
Elisabeth Maby ... Tatie
Paule Annen ... Mrs. Chernov
Anne-Katerine Normant ... Esther's Friend
Vincent Nemeth ... Friend
David Gabison ... Diocese Delegate
Pierre-Emmanuel Dupire ... Children
Erwan Le Youdec ... Children
Jonathan Reyes ... Bob (enfant)
Paolo Sergio Ribeiro ... Children
Florence Ricard ... Children
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Alain Bellèche
Marie-Christine Carle
Barbara Chavy
Emeric Danco
Lucie Danco
Danièle De Croock
Jill Helmi
Muriel Hunet
Christian Letocart
Djemilla Racine

Directed by
Arnaud Desplechin 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Emmanuel Bourdieu 
Arnaud Desplechin 

Produced by
Pascal Caucheteux .... producer
 
Original Music by
Krishna Levy 
 
Cinematography by
Stéphane Fontaine 
Eric Gautier 
Dominique Perrier-Royer 
 
Film Editing by
Laurence Briaud 
François Gédigier 
 
Casting by
Stéphane Batut 
Jeanne Biras 
Claude Martin 
 
Art Direction by
Antoine Platteau 
 
Costume Design by
Claire Gerard-Hirne 
Delphine Hayat 
 
Makeup Department
Nurith Barkan .... makeup artist
Bernard Floch .... key makeup artist
Isabelle Legay .... hair stylist
Jane Milon .... hair stylist (as Jeanne Milon)
 
Production Management
Oury Milshtein .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Stéphane Batut .... crowd assistant director
Aude Cathelin .... assistant director
Bénédicte Darblay .... assistant director
Alexandre Nazarian .... second second assistant director
 
Art Department
Jean-Marc Fiess .... assistant set decorator
Katharinna Gault .... assistant set decorator
Gary Marin .... assistant set decorator
Françoise Rabut .... assistant set decorator
Guillaume Watrinet .... property master
Bruno Charoy .... property assistant (uncredited)
Bruno Charoy .... props (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Michel Casang .... boom operator
Pascal Chauvin .... foley artist
Pascal Dedeye .... foley artist
Mathilde Grosjean .... sound editor
Jean-Pierre Laforce .... sound
Didier Lizé .... sound mixer
Pierre Martens .... sound effects editor
Mathilde Muyard .... sound editor
Laurent Poirier .... sound
 
Camera and Electrical Department
François Berroir .... electrician
François Berroir .... gaffer
Stéphane Fontaine .... first assistant camera
Jean-Claude Lother .... still photographer
Michel Michau .... electrician
Karim Youkama .... grip
 
Casting Department
Elsa Pharaon .... casting: children
 
Editorial Department
Christian Dutac .... color timer
Beatrice Herminie .... apprentice editor
 
Other crew
Agnès Chabot .... press attache
Agnès de Sacy .... script supervisor
 

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Also Known As:
"Comment je me suis disputé... (ma vie sexuelle)" - France (original title)
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178 min
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Director Arnaud Desplechin originally wanted to name the movie "Comment je me suis disputé avec Éric Barbier" (How I Got Into An Argument With Eric Barbier), as a dig at former colleague Eric Barbier, also the basis for movie character Frédéric Rabier. A justice decision prevented him from using the full title, hence the ellipsis and the added subtitle.See more »
Soundtrack:
Heaven is 19 Zillion light years awaySee more »

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28 out of 32 people found the following review useful.
love as it happens, 2 March 2000
Author: bldonnell from LA, CA

It's a pretty long movie, but I'm so entertained by everything in it that I don't give a damn if it all falls neatly into a precise trajectory. My first viewing had me grinning in sheer pleasure. Now, having bought the video, I sometimes start and stop it at random places, and always am immediately engaged wherever I happen to dive in.

The film is not at all linear, but elaborates on a situation: Paul, having made a promising start as a philosophy prodigy, has become frozen, only to watch his friends all become successful. His love life is similarly suspended: he can neither be with his girlfriend of ten years nor let her go, while engaging in clandestine affairs with women who either torture him or are unavailable. The movie consists of all the permutations of romance and sex and humiliation and mistakes he goes through as he squirms his way back into life again. Now, I don't know if this sounds fun or not, but what's wonderful about it is, first of all, that it's very funny, and second, that it's so real.

Love and sex are presented as they happen in real life - nothing neat and clean, but a chaos made of moments of fascination an passion and searching and confusion made by two (or more) people whose lives are deep waters. Everything here is instantly recognizable and completely unpredictable. Candid, sexy...

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