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4 September 1999 (France) See more »
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They recount their impressions to the Interviewer. They met through a magazine ad, She and He. They corresponded through the Internet... See more » | Full synopsis »
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6 wins & 7 nominations See more »
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(4 articles)
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Cast

  (in credits order)

Nathalie Baye ... Her

Sergi López ... Him
Jacques Viala ... Interviewer (voice)
Paul Pavel ... Joseph Lignaux
Sylvie Van den Elsen ... Madame Lignaux
Pierre Gerranio ... Hotel receptionist (as Pierre Géranio)
Hervé Sogne ... Ambulance driver
Christophe Sermet ... Hospital employee

Directed by
Frédéric Fonteyne 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Philippe Blasband  writer

Produced by
Laurent Pétin .... associate producer
Michèle Pétin .... associate producer
Patrick Quinet .... producer
Alain Rocca .... associate producer
Martin Schmassmann .... associate producer
Rolf Schmid .... associate producer
Rolf Schmid .... producer
Claude Waringo .... producer
Arlette Zylberberg .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
André Dziezuk 
Marc Mergen 
Jeannot Sanavia 
 
Cinematography by
Virginie Saint-Martin 
 
Film Editing by
Chantal Hymans 
 
Casting by
Gerda Diddens 
Bruno Levy 
 
Production Design by
Véronique Sacrez 
 
Set Decoration by
Marc-Philippe Guerig 
 
Costume Design by
Anne Schotte 
 
Makeup Department
Françoise Andrejka .... makeup artist
Cédric Chami .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
Bachir Arfaoui .... assistant unit manager
Marc Dalmans .... unit manager
Cathy Deharynck .... post-production supervisor
Patrick Pesenti .... unit manager
Olivier Rausin .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Manu Kamanda .... assistant director
David Putorti .... second unit director
David Maria Putorti .... second unit director
Christine Rabette .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Marie-Pierre Bourboulon .... set dresser
Guy Cantraine .... property master
Bernard Ferrandis .... constructor
Géraldine Glorieux .... assistant art director
Edouard Pallardy .... painter
Mélissa Ponturo .... assistant set dresser
Paul Rouschop .... constructor
Stephan Rubens .... construction coordinator
Bruno Ruwet .... constructor
Laurent Stoffyn .... constructor
Thierry Van Cappellen .... set decorator (as Thierry Van Cappelen)
Bart van Lint .... carpenter (as Baert van Lint)
 
Sound Department
Benoît Biral .... adr recordist
Benoît Biral .... foley recordist
Etienne Curchod .... sound editor
Nathalie Delvoye .... sound editor
Frédéric Fichefet .... assistant sound editor
David Gillain .... sound recordist
Pascal Jasmes .... boom operator
Valène Leroy .... assistant foley artist
Jo Masset .... post-synchronization
Frédéric Meert .... sound editor
Henri Morelle .... sound recordist
Franco Piscopo .... sound mixer
Gréggory Poncelet .... sound recordist
Antoine Rigaud .... sound editor
Luc Thomas .... sound recordist
Carlo Thoss .... sound engineer
Carlo Thoss .... sound recordist
Philippe van Leer .... sound effects editor
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Hichame Alaouie .... second assistant camera
Hugues Balagny .... electrician
Séverine Barde .... first assistant camera
Marc Baudrillart .... electrician
Marc Bo .... still photographer
Marc Bossaerts .... still photographer
Patrick de Ranter .... Steadicam operator
Olivier Dirksen .... electrician
Patrick Errera .... grip
Guy Ferrandis .... still photographer
Raymond Fromont .... camera operator (as Rémon Fromont)
René Haan .... electrician
Moune Jamet .... still photographer
Jean-Paul Kieffer .... still photographer
Sébastien Koeppel .... camera operator: second unit
Argan Le Hir .... additional electrician
Laurent Leonard .... key grip
Vincent Merveille .... grip
Vincent Piette .... gaffer
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Leila Adjir .... costumer
 
Editorial Department
Christophe Bousquet .... color timer
Gisela Hochuli .... post-production coordinator: Switzerland
Maria Holland .... negative cutter
Virgine Messiaen .... assistant editor: second unit
Sylvie Petat .... assistant editor
Irène Rupp .... post-production coordinator: Switzerland
 
Music Department
Emmanuel Gaspart .... music consultant
 
Other crew
Julien Azoulay .... production trainee
Cécile Bachelier .... production administrator: France
Lelia Di Luca .... production secretary
Patrice Fiorina .... accountant: Luxembourg
Sabine Guermouche .... production secretary: France
Hamid Haddache .... accountant: Belgium
Tom Heene .... production assistant
Frédérique Larmagnac .... production assistant: Belgium
Evelyne Laz .... accountant: France
Dany Leyder .... production secretary: Luxembourg
Claude Ludovicy .... location manager
Josiane Morand .... script supervisor
Michel Norman .... travelling car
Patrick Robineau .... travelling car
Aurore Schneidesch .... accountant: Luxembourg
Dominique Segall .... press attache
Sylvie Van Ruymbeke .... production secretary: Belgium
 

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Also Known As:
"Une liaison pornographique" - France (original title)
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MPAA:
Rated R for some strong sexual content
Runtime:
80 min
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Him:For a second you gave it all to me.See more »
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18 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
love as the essence of nothing, 16 July 2000
Author: Philby-3 from Sydney, Australia

In the search for intimacy and meaning in the dehumanizing urban environment, quite personable, intelligent and attractive people have to resort to newspaper or online ads to meet someone for romance or just companionship. In this film, however, a man and woman, both attractive and personable, seek depersonalised sex, not involvement. Or so they thought. Of course they become emotionally involved, and then the question becomes: will they continue?

This is a very nicely judged piece using a combination of interview sequences intercut with flashbacks. There are no distractions: we focus almost entirely on Nathalie and Sergi as they are interviewed separately about their affair. Their versions are not identical but there is only one flashback version of each encounter so there is not a lot of confusion. The curious thing is that although intimacy develops it follows the rules of the original impersonal pornographic encounter – no names, no talk about jobs and families and friends, no swapping of personal detail. They meet once or twice a week in the same coffee bar and hotel room for six months or more, yet still know virtually nothing about each other (apart from their sexual fantasies). Why this holding back? Neither is currently attached to anyone else. The only explanation is that they really didn't want to get involved, or don't want to take the risk. Burned before? Who knows?

Nathalie Baye as the (slightly older) woman is poised, charming and not obviously hung up about sex. She seeks the zipless f*** of feminist legend. She does have trouble expressing her feelings – for her `I love you' are the hardest words in the language (all right, `Je t'aime'). Sergi Lopez as her homme de jour is a bit more emotionally expressive but still holds himself back.

I suppose one could see the film as suggesting that the alienation of modern life can be traced to an unwillingness to become emotionally attached, that life is faster and cleaner if relationships are disposable without much pain. These two want intimacy, but they don't want to pay for it.

It's a well-made movie with plenty of Parisian bustle and lots of nice close-ups. It's all a bit sad, though. Have we been reduced to being consumers of personal relationships as well as sex?

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