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A philosophy teacher restless with the need to do something with his life meets a young woman suspected of driving an artist to his death. He finds the very simple Cecilia irritating but ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Martin
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Cécilia
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Sophie
Robert Kramer ...
Meyers
Alice Grey ...
Cécilia's Mother
Maurice Antoni ...
Cécilia's Father
Tom Ouedraogo ...
Momo
Patrick Arrachequesne ...
Doctor
Mirtha Caputi Medeiros ...
Meyers' concierge
Pierre Chevalier ...
University dean
Oury Milshtein ...
Jean-Paul
Anne-Sophie Morillon ...
Agnes
Marc Chouppart ...
Ferdinand
Cécile Reigher ...
Ferdinand's girlfriend
Antoine Beau ...
Pierre
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A philosophy teacher restless with the need to do something with his life meets a young woman suspected of driving an artist to his death. He finds the very simple Cecilia irritating but develops a sexual rapport with her. Obsessed with the need to own and tormented by her inability to respond to him, he becomes increasingly violent in a quest he can't name - a quest that slowly begins to undermine his certainties. Written by L.H. Wong <lhw@sfs.org.sg>

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16 December 1998 (France)  »

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Opening Weekend:

$14,064 (USA) (8 October 1999)

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$36,666 (USA) (15 October 1999)
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Sophie: Abstinence is turning you sour; give it up.
Martin: I have.
Sophie: Really? Do I know her?
Martin: No, I met her in odd circumstances a few weeks ago.
Sophie: Really? You must be pleased.
Martin: You're quite wrong, I don't like her at all. She's totally uninteresting. I'm trying to get rid of her.
Sophie: Why? Is she ugly?
Martin: Not particularly.
Sophie: Is she stupid then?
Martin: No. Not at all. She never says anything stupid. It's complicated. She bores me. I have no contact with her. Or rather only physical contact.
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Siegfried Idyl
Composed by Richard Wagner (as Wagner)
Performed by Lizt Chamber Orchestra
Conducted by Ervin Lukács (as Ervin Lukacs)
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Boring irritation is what this film is all about...
2 November 2005 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Though I agree with burrobaggy that the film becomes irritating part way through, I have to say that this is exactly the point of it. We are forced to watch Berling's character become increasingly obsessed with Guillemin's, to the point where we are not only disturbed, but also completely perturbed by his inability to let go of Cecilia, who seems so wonderfully and completely uninterested and distant (something French actresses do best!). I admit that while I watched the movie, I had to turn it off part way through; I, myself, became so anxious by and annoyed with Martin's obsessiveness. At first, I thought it was because the movie was totally unappealing, even unwatchable. However, once I watched the rest of it and I realised that Kahn probably had every attention of making his subject so intense, so masochistic, and so repetitively annoying in his obsession, the utter irritation and anxiety that the movie provoked in me suggested that not only is the filmmaker very successful in representing pathological behaviour, but also in implicating his audience in that representation.


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