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Release Date:
14 April 1999 (Belgium) See more »
Love is desolate. Romance is temporary. Sex is forever.
Although deeply in love with her boyfriend - and indeed sleeping in the same bed with him - a schoolteacher... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Caroline Ducey ... Marie
Sagamore Stévenin ... Paul

François Berléand ... Robert

Rocco Siffredi ... Paolo
Reza Habouhossein ... Man on stairs
Ashley Wanninger ... Ashley
Emma Colberti ... Charlotte
Fabien de Jomaron ... Claude
Carla ... Model
Pierre Maufront ... Photographer
Antoine Amador ... Hairdresser
Roman Rouzier ... Echography technician
Oliver Buchette ... Head doctor (as Olivier Buchette)
Emmanuelle N'Guyen ... Midwife (as Emmanuelle N'guyen)
Nadia Latoui ... Nurse
Sylvie Drieu ... Assistant nurse
Samuel Charter ... Intern (as Samuel Chartier)
Alexis Gignoux ... Intern
Muriel Gregoire ... Intern (as Muriel Grégoire)
Sebastien Jochmans ... Intern (as Sébastien Jochmans)
Emmanuel Salengro ... Intern
Christian Poitrasson ... Lone man
Roberto Malone
Steve Cox
Jean-Pierre Daniel
Bernard Garreau
Hervé P. Gustave (as Pierre-Gustave Hervé)
Alain L'Yle (as Alain Lille)
Kevin Long
Karine Menachemoff
Angélique Polosse
Cédric Samson
Yamine Tamerhoulet
Caroline Virly

Directed by
Catherine Breillat 
Writing credits
Catherine Breillat (scenario and dialogue)

Produced by
Catherine Jacques .... executive producer
Jean-François Lepetit .... producer
Original Music by
Raphaël Tidas 
DJ Valentin  (as D.J. Valentin)
Cinematography by
Giorgos Arvanitis 
Film Editing by
Agnès Guillemot 
Casting by
Estelle Bertrand 
Jacques Grant 
Catherine Hofer 
Nicolas Lublin 
Guylène Péan 
Michaël Weill 
Production Design by
Frédérique Belvaux 
Art Direction by
Valérie Leblanc Weber 
Set Decoration by
Alexis Forestier 
Pierre Gerbaux 
Julien Poitou-Weber  (as Julien Poitou Weber)
Costume Design by
Ann Dunsford  (as Anne Dunsford Varenne)
Makeup Department
Antoine Amador .... additional hair stylist
Claire Monatte .... hair stylist
Claire Monatte .... makeup artist
Christian Morales .... additional hair stylist
Pascal Thiollier .... additional makeup artist
Production Management
Max Belmessieri .... production manager
Bernard Brun .... post-production supervisor
Laurent Charchaude .... production manager
Philippe Guérinel .... production manager
Eddy Jabès .... production manager
Samir Larif .... production manager (as Samir Larrif)
Jean-Marc Maestracci .... production manager
Eric Margolis .... production manager
Denis Oliveau-Lebreton .... production manager
Anne Rogé .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Fabrice Bigot .... second assistant director
Catherine Hofer .... assistant director
Michaël Weill .... first assistant director
Art Department
Pascal Bloquet .... painter
Pqtrice Colardelli .... carpenter foreman
Michel Courtemanche .... carpenter
Bruno Devresse .... carpenter
Olivier Garand .... painter
Alain Gosse .... chief constructor
Daniel Grimm .... assistant decorator
Peter Hammond .... painter
Alexandre Jacques .... intern art department
Emmanuel Jaffre .... carpenter
Frédéric Jourdan .... carpenter
Alexandre Koubbachian .... assistant decorator (as Alexandra Koubbachian)
Brigitte Lefranc .... painter
Alexandra Pulman .... exteriors
Christine Rey .... tapestries
Véronique Robinson .... carpenter
Gérard Simonet .... chief carpenter
Sound Department
Emmanuel Augeard .... chief sound editor
Marc Authesserre .... head sound department
Eric Bonnard .... sound mixer (as Erix Bonnard)
Pascal Chauvin .... sound effects
Pascal Dedeye .... assistant sound effects
Joël Jacovella .... assistant sound editor
Paul Lainé .... sound
Marie Massiani .... chief sound effects operator
Pascale Paoli .... sound assistant
Peggy Rivoallan .... assistant sound engineer
Eric Tisserand .... head sound department
Alexandre Vraux .... assistant sound editor
Camera and Electrical Department
Yorgos Angelou .... key grip
Thierry Engler .... electrician
Yorgos Giannelis .... assistant camera
Izet Kutlovac .... key electrician
Eric Le Roux .... Steadicam operator (as Eric Leroux)
Gilles Papillon .... electrician
Sergio Rodrigues .... electrician
Simos Sarketzis .... second assistant camera
Alain Thernisson .... electrician
Roger-Paul Tizio .... assistant camera
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Janet Latimer .... costumer
Janine Schlumberger .... seamstress
Editorial Department
Bernard Bran .... post-production
Fabrice Dequeant .... color timer
Christophe Nowak .... assistant editor
Agnès Touzeau .... assistant editor
Music Department
Stéphane Ackermann .... composer: song "Dorn"
Carolyn Donovan .... composer: song "Spanish Storm"
Bruno Kramm .... composer: additional music
Jean-Marie Leau .... music coordinator
Jonathan Lesane .... composer: song "Spanish Storm"
Sean Spencer .... composer: song "Spanish Storm"
Other crew
Max Belmessieri .... location scout
Patrice Birzin .... groupman
Frédéric Bouchet .... production administrator
Didier Dekeyser .... laboratory technician
Marie-Christine Gauchée .... production administrator
Valéry Guibal .... finance director
Jean-François Lepetit .... presenter
Mélissa .... double: "Marie"
Georges Polonia .... groupman
Dominique Rémy .... production secretary
Séverine Siaut .... script supervisor
Emmanuelle Wiclezinski .... location scout
Luc Barnier .... thanks
Richard Boidin .... thanks
Christian Bourgois .... thanks
Gilles Cappelletto .... thanks (as Gilles Cappeletto)
Jérôme Deschamps .... thanks
Gilles Garnier .... thanks
Georges Goldenstern .... thanks
Christian Guillon .... thanks
Marc Tessier .... thanks

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Rated R for language and strong sexual content including dialogue (cut)
84 min | USA:99 min (unrated version)
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:18 | Australia:R (reclassification) | Australia:Refused Classification (2000) | Brazil:18 (cut) (with restriction) | Canada:A (Alberta) | Canada:R (British Columbia/Manitoba/Ontario) | Canada:XXX (Nova Scotia) | Canada:18 (Nova Scotia) (cut US version) | Canada:18+ (Quebec) | Chile:18 | Finland:K-18 (original rating) | Finland:K-16 (re-rating) | Finland:K-15 (uncut) (DVD rating) | France:-16 | Germany:18 | Hong Kong:III | Iceland:16 | Ireland:(Banned) | Italy:VM18 | Japan:R-18 | Malaysia:(Banned) | Mexico:C | New Zealand:R18 | Norway:18 | Singapore:(Banned) | South Korea:18 (original rating) (cut) | South Korea:Limited (re-release) (uncut) | Spain:18 | Sweden:15 | Switzerland:18 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:18 (canton of Vaud) | UK:18 | USA:Unrated | USA:R (cut)

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The only theatrical release in Alberta (since the current rating system began in 1997) to receive an "A" rating. ("A" is "Adult" and, in every other case, is only applied to hardcore pornography.)See more »
Factual errors: At the end of the movie, Marie feels she'll give birth soon, so she tries to wake up Paul. During this scene she moves in a way which is impossible for a woman in her state of pregnancy.See more »
Robert:Women like to discover things they've already seen on tv.See more »
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76 out of 85 people found the following review useful.
Not a Harlequin style romance., 23 August 2004
Author: L. Denis Brown ( from Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada

Before I comment on this film two introductory remarks are necessary. (1) I recommend anyone who is aware of the way in which it was panned by the critics ("puerile self conscious euro-trash", etc) to forget these reviews. I believe it is an unusually rewarding work to see. (2) The title is very misleading, just reading it one cannot be aware of the irony with which it must have been chosen, and anyone expecting to see the film equivalent of a Harlequin novel needs to be warned in advance.

The story is of a young women who loves her very unresponsive husband, but finds the dissatisfaction she feels from her rare and unfulfilling copulation with him drives her into a series of increasingly destructive extra-marital relationships. These are very graphically portrayed, although she struggles to keep her marriage intact. To me this is perhaps the most unsatisfying aspect of the film - today I would have expected that such a marriage would have broken up very quickly and the woman involved would have felt free to look for a more fulfilling relationship. However many films and novels are based on the theme of women who accept either indifference or a great deal of both physical and mental abuse from partners that they love, and I must accept that this is an important theme for a film.

Although the story is far from new, it is handled here with unusual sensitivity and understanding. Some of the sex scenes would normally only be seen in a hardcore porn film and this appears to be what has upset most of the critics, but I cannot go along with this as a valid criticism. Why should films exploiting torture, death and destruction be accepted as mainstream, whilst those dealing with the personal relationships so vital to living a fulfilling life become subject to censorship? However it is important to warn anyone considering viewing this film that although it contains a great deal of graphic sexual activity it is never erotic.These scenes (even those between the young woman and her husband with whom she is certainly in love) uniformly show cold mechanical and meaningless relationships which are ultimately self destructive. They concentrate on the emotions of the woman concerned and, since she is largely passive in most of them, and can often only convey the story through her facial expressions, such scenes require both a very fine actress and a very sensitive director in order to succeed. In my opinion this film provides both. It could probably only have been directed by a woman, and one can sense the determination of both the director and the lead actress to draw viewers of both sex into the story so that they are not merely voyeurs, but are forced to consider its relevance both to their own lives and to those of their friends.

Ultimately the ending of a film of this type can make or mar it. Both a happy and a totally tragic ending for what is intended to be a look at the lives of quiet desperation lived by many women would be inappropriate. Instead the director has taken our understanding of her main character further forward by showing us that for many such women their ultimate satisfaction comes from their children rather than from their life partner.

It is a mark of a successful film when graphic images from it keep coming back to mind long afterwards, particularly when these images force one to consider whether there are lessons in it applicable to ones own life. I believe this would be the experience of most of those who see this film Although I would NOT recommended it as either a skin flick or an erotic film for a couple to watch together in the bedroom, I have no hesitation in recommending it strongly to all those who adequately appreciate what they can expect from it.

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