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Le septième ciel
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31 July 1998 (USA) See more »
The slightly kleptomanic 29-year-old Mathilde is experiencing strange swoonings since a few days. There... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Sandrine Kiberlain ... Mathilde

Vincent Lindon ... Nico

François Berléand ... Le docteur
Francine Bergé ... La mère de Mathilde
Pierre Cassignard ... Etienne
Philippe Magnan ... Le praticien
Florence Loiret Caille ... Chloé (as Florence Loiret)
Léo Le Bevillon ... Arthur
Sylvie Loeillet ... Assistante de Nico
Anne Fassio
Pascale Mariani
Geoffrey Bateman
Louis Lindon
Jean-Claude Barban

Eriq Ebouaney

Marc Rioufol
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Maria da Conceica Ferreira
Pascal Daubias

Directed by
Benoît Jacquot 
Writing credits
Benoît Jacquot  &
Jérôme Beaujour 

Produced by
Georges Benayoun .... producer
Philippe Carcassonne .... producer
Françoise Guglielmi .... executive producer
Chantal Poupaud .... associate producer
Cinematography by
Romain Winding 
Film Editing by
Pascale Chavance 
Casting by
Frédérique Moidon 
Production Design by
Arnaud de Moleron 
Costume Design by
Caroline de Vivaise 
Makeup Department
Karina Gruais .... makeup artist
Stéphane Malheu .... hair stylist
Nathalie Tissier .... key makeup artist
Production Management
Patrice Arrat .... production manager
Eric Bassoff .... post-production supervisor
Gilles Martinerie .... unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Antoine Santana .... assistant director
Art Department
Dominique Canal .... painter
Nicolas Doyon .... construction manager
Bruno Via .... assistant art director
Catherine Werner Schmit .... set decorator (as Catherine Werner-Schmidt)
Sound Department
Jean-Pierre Laforce .... sound mixer
Philippe Penot .... foley artist
Daniel Sobrino .... boom operator
Pascal Villard .... sound editor
Michel Vionnet .... sound
Special Effects by
Benoît Lestang .... special effects
Camera and Electrical Department
Jean-François Garreau .... key grip
Nicolas Juge .... electrician
Philippe Lardon .... first assistant camera
Bruno Le Cardonnel .... grip
Dorothée Lindon .... still photographer
Philippe Ramdane .... additional first assistant camera
Olivier Rodriguez .... gaffer
Thierry Valletoux .... still photographer
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Elisabeth Mehu .... set costumer
Patricia Saalburg .... costumer
Other crew
Virginie Barbay .... script supervisor
Dora Benchetrit .... production assistant
Dominique Frizat .... production secretary

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Also Known As:
"Le septième ciel" - France (original title)
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91 min | Argentina:94 min | USA:88 min
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6 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Challenging but Worth It (I think!), 25 July 2003
Author: Winterble from Buenos Aires, Argentina

Seventh Heaven seems to be a "snapshot" of a married relationship that has reached a development stage that neither husband nor wife fully understands. Married for awhile, a son of 6 or 7, a nanny, a nice apartment; he's a surgeon and she's a lawyer/notaire, no apparent money problems. To my mind, what's occurring is partly stagnation and partly depression. There are at least two key factors: 1) The wife is experiencing largely psychosomatic fainting spells, often related to her low-level but historic kleptomania, and 2) The husband is not exactly losing interest but confused over her malady. She winds up seeing a man she literally runs into, who turns out to be a hypnotist; a result is both apparent cessation of her thieving as well as the achievement of the ability to experience orgasm, apparently for the first time in her life. Up until that point in their sex life, the husband has satisfied himself as the wife lies quietly, telling him "not to worry, I just don't get there." Then in her "new life" they're making love and she has an orgasm that she obviously enjoys and in which she wants to include him, but it scares him to death and affects both his desire and performance -- perhaps not untypically for many men. In the end, after much to-ing and fro-ing, they begin to see the changes as being positive; he through conversation with both a fellow doc at his hospital and with another hypnotist that he is unable to relate to. The resolution phase is, to me, fraught with a lot of significant messages that are both non-verbal and hard to "catch" as the movie moves on, but the denouement seems to click. I want to say I wish the film had been more explicit, but that's probably exactly the reason it's so good. It's worth a shot.

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