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Release Date:
30 April 1997 (USA) See more »
A Chinese movie actress, in France to star in a remake of "Les Vampires", finds petty intrigues and clashing egos on the set. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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I know I'm supposed to love it, but I did like it. See more (35 total) »


  (in credits order)

Maggie Cheung ... Maggie

Jean-Pierre Léaud ... René Vidal
Nathalie Richard ... Zoé
Antoine Basler ... Journalist
Nathalie Boutefeu ... Laure
Alex Descas ... Desormeaux
Dominique Faysse ... Maïté

Arsinée Khanjian ... L'américaine
Bernard Nissile ... Markus
Olivier Torres ... Ferdinand / Moreno
Bulle Ogier ... Mireille

Lou Castel ... José Mirano
Jacques Fieschi ... Roland
Estelle Larrivaz ... La standardiste
Balthazar Clémenti ... Robert, assistant
Lara Cowez ... Script supervisor
Dominique Cuny ... Grip
Jessica Doyle ... Jessica, Roland's Friend
Sandra Faure ... Vendeuse, sex-shop
Catherine Ferny ... Policewoman
Maryel Ferraud ... Make-up Woman
Filip Forgeau ... Camera Operator
Valerie Guy ... Valerie, in Mireille's apartment
Laurent Jacquet ... Electrician
Philippe Landoulsi ... Inspector
Smaïl Mekki ... Kermor, unit manager
Maurice Najman ... Maurice, Roland's Friend
Nicolas Giraudi ... Directeur de la production
Yann Richard ... Kevin
Jérôme Simonin ... Property Man
Alexandra Yonnet ... Lili, Markus's Friend
Pierre Amzallag ... Emergency Doctor
Françoise Clavel ... René's Wife
Françoise Guglielmi ... Producer
Odile Horion ... Zoë's Assistant
François-Renaud Labarthe ... TV Cameraman
Alain Martin ... Boy at Cafe Des Oiseaux
Guy-Patrick Sainderichin ... TV Dignitary
Willy Martin ... Bellboy

Directed by
Olivier Assayas 
Writing credits
Olivier Assayas (written by)

Produced by
Georges Benayoun .... producer
Françoise Guglielmi .... executive producer
Original Music by
Philippe Richard 
Philippe Richard (music by)
Cinematography by
Eric Gautier 
Film Editing by
Luc Barnier 
Casting by
Pierre Amzallag 
Art Direction by
François-Renaud Labarthe 
Set Decoration by
Yann Richard 
Costume Design by
Françoise Clavel 
Makeup Department
Isabelle Nyssen .... makeup artist
Nancy Tong .... makeup artist
Production Management
Sylvie Barthet .... production manager
Ivan Fegyveres .... assistant unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Alice de Andrade .... assistant director
François-Renaud Labarthe .... assistant director
Jérôme Tardieu .... second assistant director (as Jerôme Tardieu)
Art Department
Christophe Mercier .... location finder
Sound Department
William Flageollet .... sound re-recording mixer
Laurent Lévy .... foley artist
Olivier Marlangeon .... foley artist
Marie-Christine Ratel .... sound editor
Philippe Richard .... sound engineer
Marie-Christine Ruh .... sound editor
Special Effects by
Grégoire Delage .... special effects
Olivier Zenenski .... special effects
Michel Julienne .... stunt consultant
Leslie Rain .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
François Berroir .... gaffer
Jean-Luc Bezeau .... key grip
Xavier Cholet .... electrician
Stéphane Fontaine .... first assistant camera
Sophie Lemaire .... clapper loader
Sophie Lemaire .... second assistant camera
Michel Michau .... electrician
Isabelle Weingarten .... still photographer
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jessica Doyle .... costume designer: Irma Vep
Editorial Department
Tina Baz .... assistant editor
Nabila Daniault .... color timer
Raymond Terrentin .... color timer
Other crew
Dina Arbib .... assistant director
Edmée Doroszlai .... script supervisor
Philippe Letode .... location scout
Claire Denis .... thanks
Christopher Doyle .... thanks
Stanley Kwan .... thanks

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
99 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

The title is the anagram of "vampire".See more »
Continuity: 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 »
Movie Connections:
Features Classe de lutte (1969)See more »
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I know I'm supposed to love it, but I did like it., 15 June 2011
Author: runamokprods from US

I feel downright churlish for not going completely crazy for this funny/sad look at movie- making -- specifically the rather absurd, doomed remaking of a real French classic, by an aging, out of style art-house director, starring Hong Kong action heroine Maggie Chung, who plays herself delightfully.

I enjoyed the film; its sort of a complex 1990s 'Day for Night', with a paradoxical and sometimes confusing point of view about the nature of art and the state of film.

But I couldn't see it for the masterpiece a number of intelligent critics gave it credit for being. Jonathan Rosenbaum, the terrific critic from the Chicago Reader wrote a very long, in depth analysis that went right over my head, and then added insult to injury by implying that people who don't see the film as a deep investigation of the evils of capitalism, and the meaning of ART are somehow shallow.

I'm also surprised by the number of people who take the ramblings of an obnoxious reporter character in the film about the death of French art cinema as being the film's point of view on these issues. To me the film isn't taking sides, and seems to be gently satirizing, and yet embracing all of film.

Good natured, well acted, and occasionally brave (but also occasionally obscure) I quite enjoyed this and it did provoke some thinking. But I couldn't see it as the super deep film some did. For me, it was fun, but the ideas are far less deep or radical then critics seem to want to give them credit for being.

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