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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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  (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
Mike Kourtzer (co-composers)
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
Dominique Perrier .... second assistant camera
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 »
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10 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
How I Got Sidetracked, 25 June 2005
Author: writers_reign

It's fair to say that had I not found Rois et Reine so rich, complex and ultimately enjoyable I may not have taken the trouble (to say nothing of the three hours needed) to watch this earlier work by Arnaud Desplechin toplining the same two very fine actors (Manu Devos and Mathieu Almaric). The fact that this time around the duo were supported by the likes of Jeanne Balibar, Denis Podalydes, Marion Cotillard and Chiara Mastroianni merely sweetened the pot but it has to be said that Desplechin doesn't make it easy. Almaric plays a University lecturer named Paul Dedaulus, a name surely not chosen at random. Daedalus, in Greek mythology was the father of Icarus, who flew too near the sun, but apart from that Daedalus was on straight commission from King Minos of Crete for whom he created among other things, the maze and the Minotaur in the centre of it. I'm betting twelve to seven that Desplechin had that very same maze in mind when he dreamed up this labyrinthine storyline of a man who is constantly taking wrong turnings in his attempt to move forward in his life. As a vacillator this guy can leave Hamlet dead in the water; should he stay with Devos - with whom he has been in an on/off relationship for ten years - or should he attempt to make and/or get a firm commitment from one of the three other girls with whom he is involved. At the end of three hours your guess is as good as mine but it is also fair to say that along the way we have been treated to some very fine acting indeed though whether it has any point is moot. Those, like me, who enjoy watching French actors - without question some of the finest in the world - in their early careers will find this enthralling for that reason alone. Those will little or no interest in French actors, fine or otherwise, may well be bemused, bored or both.

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