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The Chambermaid on the Titanic (1997)
"La femme de chambre du Titanic" (original title)

 -  Drama | Romance  -  14 August 1998 (USA)
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Horty, a French foundry worker, wins a contest and is sent to see the sailing of the Titanic. In England, Marie, saying she is a chambermaid on the Titanic and cannot get a room, asks to ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Horty
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Zoe
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Marie
Didier Bezace ...
Simeon
Aldo Maccione ...
Zeppe, Actor
Jean-Marie Juan ...
Pascal
Arno Chevrier ...
Al
Marianne Groves ...
Mathilde
Didier Bénureau ...
Simeon's Secretary
Alberto Cassadie ...
Giovanni
Giorgio Gobbi ...
Manu
Yves Verhoeven ...
Gaspard
Vincenzo De Caro ...
Lacroix
Salvador Madrid ...
Leon
Barbara Lerici ...
Blanche
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Horty, a French foundry worker, wins a contest and is sent to see the sailing of the Titanic. In England, Marie, saying she is a chambermaid on the Titanic and cannot get a room, asks to share his room. They do, chastely; when he awakens, she is gone, but he sees her at the sailing and gets a photo of her. When he returns home, he suspects that his wife Zoe has been sleeping with Simeon, the foundry owner. Horty goes to the bar, where his friends get him drunk and he starts telling an erotic fantasy of what happened with him and Marie, drawing a larger audience each night. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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There was more than one love story on the Titanic.

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Drama | Romance

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$7,902 (USA) (14 August 1998)

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$244,465 (USA) (18 September 1998)
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When the Titanic is seen leaving the dock, smoke is coming from four funnels. On the real ship, the fourth smokestack was a dummy. See more »

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Kol Nidrei Op. 47
Written by Max Bruch
Performed by La Orchesta Lamoureux directed by Jean Martinon (as J. Martinon)
Courtesy of Polygram Projects Spéciaux and N. Simrock / R. Schauer
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Ironical romantic film about the differences between dreams and reality
16 June 2008 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This is a French film directed by the Spanish director Bigas Luna, who has done a very good job with a difficult and ambiguous subject, which alternates between reality and fantasy so often that it is like a shuttle service. One really does not know from one scene to the next whether something is really happening or is being imagined. That is a tightrope, but Luna does not fall off. In this, he is assisted by the dreamy performances of Olivier Martinez (half French, half Spanish-Moroccan) and the well known Spanish actress Aitana Sanchez-Gijon. Both of them keep us wondering all the way. The only solid earthy figure is Romane Bohringer, being as Anna Magnani-like as possible, a young earth mother, but still an earth mother. There is lots of passion, it's all over the place. Sometimes it is real, sometimes it is fantasy. One never knows for sure about some of it. When Martinez is telling his stories, his quiet, introspective but commanding presence effects us as much as it does his audiences in the film. Romane gets a bit carried away by the myth of the chambermaid and wishes to become the chambermaid, wishes to be sprayed in champagne. The chambermaid was not listed amongst the survivors of the Titanic, so this creates a story steeped in tragedy. People like tragic passion best, because it is unattainable by definition, and can never disappoint. Or can it? Perhaps things are not entirely as they seem in more ways than one in this story. This film shows clearly how love and sensuality thrive in the hothouse of ambivalence and ambiguity: does someone really exist? Do they feel love too? Is the love simulated? Can any passion be trusted? Ultimately, it comes down to this: is reality even real?


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