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Irma Vep (1996)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama | 30 April 1997 (USA)
A Chinese movie actress, in France to star in a remake of "Les Vampires", finds petty intrigues and clashing egos on the set.

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Maggie Cheung
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René Vidal
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Zoé
Antoine Basler ...
Journalist
Nathalie Boutefeu ...
Laure
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Desormeaux
Dominique Faysse ...
Maïté
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L'américaine
Bernard Nissile ...
Markus
Olivier Torres ...
Ferdinand / Moreno
Bulle Ogier ...
Mireille
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José Mirano
Jacques Fieschi ...
Roland
Estelle Larrivaz ...
La standardiste
Balthazar Clémenti ...
Robert, assistant
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French filmmaker René Vidal was once a renowned director, but most see his career on a quick downward slide based on his last several films. In Paris, he is just starting to film his latest movie, a remake of Les vampires (1915), and has hired Hong Kong based Chinese actress Maggie Cheung as the title lead, "Irma Vep" (an anagram for "vampire"), despite she knowing no French and she not being an obvious choice to most. Maggie has never worked with Vidal before and knows little about his movies, but many of his primarily French crew are part of his regular stable. As such, Maggie may become isolated among the cast and crew, unless there are those who bring her into their English conversations, they who may have somewhat ulterior motives in doing so. There are also factions within the cast and crew, who, based on their history, have a poisoned sense of what is going on. With Vidal, he is dealing with some personal issues while he tries to regain his film making form. He may transfer his... Written by Huggo

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$191,164 (USA) (8 August 1997)
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The title is the anagram of "vampire". See more »

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After René says, "respect the silence" to Maggie, he speaks to a woman and takes a drink from a big plastic Coke bottle. He screws the cap on, then hands her the bottle. She turns around, and the cap is missing. See more »

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Features Les vampires (1915) See more »

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Written by Ali Farka Touré
Performed by Ali Farka Touré and Ry Cooder
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A New Syntax Of Film-Making
10 September 2000 | by (Hong Kong) – See all my reviews

It is the first time I see this 1996 feature of Maggie Cheung and Oliver Assayas, the director and her husband. Some negative comments I had read in the past several years. But to me, this movie is refreshing, and in fact, excellent. Difficult to classify it, but classification seems not that important, and what really matters should be the overall effect. Assayas has said the world kept changing, and thus inventing new syntax to describe the circumstance around us was necessary. It also seems to be the best description of the style of this movie. Conveys so much information but I can't see a strong storyline. Also very natural is the manner used to convey those information. Nothing very exciting, but to me, it is very watchable. Praise-worthy is also the music. A must see !


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