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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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...In which Olivier Assayas tries out a bunch of different ideas with no cohesion See more (35 total) »


  (in credits order)

Maggie Cheung ... Maggie Cheung

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
Black and White (movie extracts) | Color
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:

Did You Know?

The title is the anagram of "vampire".See more »
Continuity: When Jose drinks his beer at the restaurant, he finishes it off. But then in the next shot he refinishes the same beer before the waiter brings him a new one.See more »
Movie Connections:
Features Classe de lutte (1969)See more »
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...In which Olivier Assayas tries out a bunch of different ideas with no cohesion, 23 June 2006
Author: bastard wisher from Hawaii

This is a very solid film, make no mistake, but it tends to play more like a testing ground for various elements of Olivier Assayas' overall style, particularly those which he would later explore more fully in his later masterpiece "Demonlover", than any sort of cohesive narrative statement. It's not very often that a film strikes me as not having enough of a plot, but in the case of this there did seem to be a certain irrelevance to it all. There's nothing really new about the "making a movie" movie, and this doesn't add much to the mix, although i do think it is well done for what it is, and occasionally even approaches a sort of proto-"Lost in Translation", with Paris standing in for Tokyo and Maggie Cheung's Asian "otherness" replacing Bill Murray's fish-out-of-water Americanness. But the film is never really focused enough to compare in any significant way to that film. "Irma Vep" really only comes alive when Assayas gets away from his nagging tendency towards a certain French talkiness and indulges in the moments of pure visual cinema that make up the other half of his general approach (and which seem to be invested with much more enthusiasm here) , such as the scene scored to Sonic Youth's "Tunic" (another foreshadowing of "Demonlover"). Certainly he does have a way with capturing pretty little images of neon lights reflecting through car windows and things like that, enough that I can acknowledge he is definitely a talented filmmaker, but within this film he never quite finds the correct way to integrate his little artistic flourishes into the whole, and overall the film feels more like a collection of separate ideas than a cohesive statement of any kind.

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