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Release Date:
27 February 2002 (Belgium) See more »
It Was The Beginning Of The End Of Innocence.
Louise Créteur's husband dies on the Titanic trying to emigrate, so she must leave their boy Lucien... See more » | Add synopsis »
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1 win & 4 nominations See more »
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Boring adaptation of a novel. See more (12 total) »


  (in credits order)

Julie Delpy ... Louise Créteur

Shaun Dingwall ... Richard Grünewald

Harriet Walter ... Olive Burrell

Shirley Henderson ... Ella

Timothy West ... Hugh Burrell

Frank Vercruyssen ... Aasgaard
Toni Barry ... Mrs. Bunny Wimhurst

Jan Decleir ... Monsieur Brizard
Dora van der Groen ... Mrs. Gendron
Albert Delpy ... Antoine Créteur
Stéphane Excoffier ... Jeanne de Keros

Rifka Lodeizen ... Radsky

Halina Reijn ... Natsje
Maya van den Broecke ... Anna Kuprinski
Gary Whelan ... Mr. O'Connor
Alfredo Pea ... Mr. Craxi
John Dobrynine ... Eustache Lejeune
Simon Chefnourry ... Lucien
Jean Hayet ... Maurice
Michel Franssen ... Bernard
Michel Jurowicz ... Bellboy
Fred Van Kuyk ... Compére
Phil Kaizer ... German officer
Chris Anthony ... Postman
Léo Dherte ... Newspaperboy
Malkiel Golomb ... Newspaperboy
François Brice ... Waiter
Peter van den Eede ... Le Pétomane
Bernard Marbaix ... Mr. Perret
Philippe Vincent ... Conductor
De Nieuwe Snaar ... Orchestra

Directed by
Frank Van Passel 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Christophe Dirickx  screenplay
Willem Elsschot  novel
Frank Van Passel 

Produced by
Julie Baines .... co-producer
Wilfried Depeweg .... associate producer
Dirk Impens .... producer
Jason Newmark .... associate producer
Jani Thiltges .... associate producer
Els Vandevorst .... co-producer (as Els Van De Vorst)
Rudy Verzyck .... producer
Claude Waringo .... associate producer
Original Music by
Paul M. van Brugge 
Cinematography by
Jan Vancaillie 
Film Editing by
Ludo Troch 
Karin Vaerenberg 
Casting by
Gerda Diddens 
Job Gosschalk 
Emma Style 
Production Design by
Willem Klewais 
Art Direction by
Johan Van Essche 
Set Decoration by
Hendrik Van Kets 
Costume Design by
Marianne Agertoft 
Kristin Van Passel 
Makeup Department
Marco Chiodi .... makeup artist
Christine De Keukelaere .... makeup artist
Frank Declercq .... makeup artist
Cathy Folmer .... makeup artist
Frank Hard .... makeup artist
Mariël Hoevenaars .... hair designer (as Mariël Hoevenaers)
Mariël Hoevenaars .... makeup designer (as Mariël Hoevenaers)
Ineke Ramakers .... makeup artist
Ghislaine Soisson .... makeup artist
Wendy Van De Cruys .... makeup artist
Ingeborg Van Eetvelde .... hair designer
Ingeborg Van Eetvelde .... makeup designer
Annemie Van Haverbeke .... makeup artist
Frank Van Wolleghem .... makeup artist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Fons Feyaerts .... assistant director
Valentina Katina-Chistova .... assistant director (as Valentina Katina)
Valérie Schiel .... assistant director
Eddy Stevesyns .... assistant director
Martine Temmerman .... assistant director
Art Department
Lieven Baes .... drawings and paintings
Gert Beyns .... props
Douglas Boswell .... set dresser
Sven Haerden .... painter
Edouard Pallardy .... painter decorator
Sound Department
Dirk Bombey .... boom operator
Peter Flamman .... sound designer
Peter Flamman .... sound
Philippe Kohn .... second boom operator
Orm Sobrino .... sound editor
Carlo Thoss .... sound engineer
Willem van den Berg .... mixing engineer
Willem van den Berg .... recording engineer
Wart Wamsteker .... sound editor
Wart Wamsteker .... sound effects
Special Effects by
Olivier de Laveleye .... special effects
Marie Pierre Franck .... special effects
Visual Effects by
Yves Delforge .... visual effects
Michel Denis .... visual effects producer
Matthias Huret .... visual effects
Francis Schmets .... visual effects
Ann Vandenbussche .... visual effects
Roland Goddijn .... stunt double
Camera and Electrical Department
Graham Johnston .... second assistant camera
Jean-Paul Kieffer .... still photographer
Wim Temmerman .... electrician
Benoît Theunissen .... steadicam operator
Stéphane Thiry .... key grip
Dirk Van Rampelbergh .... electrician
Yves Vandermeeren .... camera operator
Christophe Vanhoutte .... electrician
Editorial Department
Petro van Leeuwen .... color timer
Transportation Department
Joe Kotroczo .... driver
Other crew
Patrick Blocman .... location runner
Tamara Degrève .... production intern
Joe Kotroczo .... production assistant
Ragna Arny Larusdottir .... production coordinator
Claude Ludovicy .... location manager
Beatrice Pettovich .... assistant location manager
Raf Reyntjens .... set location manager
Sofie Tusschans .... location manager
Peter Van den Borre .... location manager
Kim Wyns .... location manager

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
Rated PG-13 for thematic elements including an abortion scene, some sexuality, brief strong language and nudity
118 min | Belgium:120 min
Aspect Ratio:
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7 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
Boring adaptation of a novel., 12 June 2002
Author: revofog from Belgium

Do not go to this movie if you haven't read the book by the Flemish writer Willem Elschot. This movie is very boring and lacks all interest because you cannot identify with the characters. Does Grünewald (Shaun Dingwall) love Louise Créteur (Jules Delpy) or not? Does he become a deserter at the end or is he killed in the war? Why does the German commit suicide? What happens with the old woman Gendron (Dora van der Groen)? Grünewald must be something of a German superman that an American widow falls in love with him at first sight. This movie is slow and dark, is it always raining in Paris? Behalf of that you don't feel the Parisian atmosphere. It could be London at the end of the 19th century or even a German town at the same period. The lawyer (he was a lawyer), who is the real "chief" of the pension has no personality at all, he could as well be the postman ringing at the door. The end of the movie is the best: then at last you see that Louise Créteur has feelings and that she can cry. Every time that Grünewald wants to declare his love, somebody intervenes very artificially to interrupt their tentative to some conversation. Is Grünewald the "man with black hair" who is going to ruin the life of Louise as a fortune-speller predicts? The abortion seems to be done so that Grünewald never knows it, which is impossible. And how does Grünewald react to this remains also a mystery. The war scenes are superfluous and without interest. Everybody plays on the piano in this hotel which is also without interest. The friendship with the other servant is uncomprehensible, why is she so honest? Is she really her friend? She has nothing to win by being her friend. This movie is full of riddles and at the end you say: "Let this soon be over, please".

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