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Cast overview, first billed only:
Marianne Byron
Donald Duncan
Domini Blythe ...
Helene Pelletier
Yves Corbeil ...
Bernard Ornay
Alan Fawcett ...
Count Falco / Jack Dana
Michèle-Barbara Pelletier ...
Isabel Marino
France Castel ...
Gloria Marino
Genevieve Bissonnette ...
Monica Bloom
Ivan Smith ...
Ellen David ...
Judy the Waitress
Byron's Concierge


Two families are unhappy with their respective relationships: first of ambitious businessman Jeffrey Byron and sexually frustrated Marianne and second of repair contractor Lucky Mann and former B-movie actress Phyllis. When Lucky arrives to Byron's apartment to make some minor repair and Marianne becomes obsessed with him, the everyday balance breaks. Written by Anonymous

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Rated R for sexuality and some language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

20 March 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Liebesflüstern  »

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Opening Weekend:

$50,052 (USA) (26 December 1997)


$2,441,642 (USA) (3 April 1998)

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Did You Know?


Lara Flynn Boyle is named after Julie Christie's character in Doctor Zhivago (1965). This is the first time they act together. See more »


Jeffrey: Smoke gets in your eyes.
Phyllis: Kern-Hammerstein.
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Written by Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim
Performed by Tom Waits
Published by Leonard Bernstein Music Publishing Company, LLC.
& G. Schirmer Inc.
Courtesy of Elektra Entertainment Group by arrangement with
Warner Special Products
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an elegant film
26 January 2004 | by (seattle) – See all my reviews

The writer/ director Alan Rudolph clearly understands the beauty of woman. The combination of Julie Christie and Lara Flynn Boyle is beautifully juxtaposed. Nick Nolte provides the rough male energy that highlights the facets of the younger / older woman beauty esthetic. The screenplay provided excellent scenes and the camera work and lighting was top notch. My only disappointment was that I did not see this gem on the big screen.

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