L'ennui (1998)

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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:
Robert Kramer ...
Alice Grey ...
Cécilia's Mother
Maurice Antoni ...
Cécilia's Father
Tom Ouedraogo ...
Patrick Arrachequesne ...
Mirtha Caputi Medeiros ...
Meyers' concierge
Pierre Chevalier ...
University dean
Oury Milshtein ...
Anne-Sophie Morillon ...
Marc Chouppart ...
Cécile Reigher ...
Ferdinand's girlfriend
Antoine Beau ...


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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Release Date:

16 December 1998 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Ania  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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


$36,666 (USA) (15 October 1999)

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1.85 : 1
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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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Ennui, Why Karl Self Comments are wrong
19 May 2005 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This film is a work of genius, capturing the feeling of Ennui in explicit detail. The sex scenes are just that, scenes of sex. To show passion would be to break out of the male leads feeling of boredom or ennui. The female part if one dimensional to give her no redeeming features, after all the male wants her but can't understand why he wants her as she does nothing for him, his pursuit is simply because he can't control her. If she showed any kind of feelings towards him the film would be finished. The film is about obsession and not being able to do anything else because this obsession controls your life and takes all your energy. I found the film both breathtaking and disturbing in equal measures. Definitely one to watch.

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