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Release Date:
27 February 2002 (Belgium) See more »
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It Was The Beginning Of The End Of Innocence.
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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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Cast

  (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
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Directed by
Frank Van Passel 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Christophe Dirickx 
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
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
 
Stunts
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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MPAA:
Rated PG-13 for thematic elements including an abortion scene, some sexuality, brief strong language and nudity
Runtime:
118 min | Belgium:120 min
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8 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Wondrously Strange Film, 22 September 2005
Author: gradyharp from United States

VILLA DES ROSES, based on the novel by Willem Elsschot, is a strange and claustrophobic examination of life in a confined space in Paris 1912-1913. Director Frank Van Passel has surrounded his production with excellent scenery, effects, camera work and a cast of gifted actors to tell this bizarre tale of Europe on the brink of The Great War.

Villa des Roses is a dilapidated mansion in Paris that serves as a hotel for an astonishingly seedy group of people. The hotel is 'managed' by a British man and wife Olive (Harriet Walter) and Hugh (Timothy West) who barely eek out a living from their irregular tenants. The one person apparently most in the know is Ella (Shirley Henderson) who is the Cook General and has access to all of the nooks and crannies via a spying system of tubes: she knows all the secrets of all of those housed in the Villa. It is an odd asylum for the British and for varied oddball, lost souls and disillusioned, loony guests in the midst of a rundown Paris.

Enter Louise Créteur (Julie Delphy), recently widowed by the Titanic sinking, who has left her young son behind to seek work in Paris. She gains employment at the Villa des Roses as the Chamber Maid, under strict instruction by Olive to not fraternize with the guests. But one of the tenants, Richard Grünewald (Shaun Dingwall) is a lady's man and soon the two have started a love affair that leads to the tragic end of the story. Richard loathes children, is not at all happy that Louise has a son (though she vows to give up everything for her love for Richard), and when Louise becomes pregnant, Richard cools and encourages an abortion. Louise complies out of blind love only to return to the Villa to find that Richard must leave for Germany (when actually he is following the latest American guest in her transfer to a better hotel). Louise's only confidant and friend is Ella and together they survive. Louise decides to go to Germany to 'find Richard' and on her way to the train sees Richard with his American paramour. Richard is called to military service at the same time Louise is boarding the train, a moment that proves to be the outbreak of WW I. How the story ends is tender and sad and best left as a surprise to the viewer.

Van Passel seems more interested in atmosphere of this magically strange hotel than he is in fleshing out his storyline. Oh, each of the characters is vastly interesting, but there is no background history on any of them that let us know why they had fallen into the sad mess of the Villa. But the performances by Julie Delphy, Shirley Henderson, and Shaun Dingwall are so fine that they maintain our attention and empathy. The strong supporting cast does as much as it can with the relatively little character development given them. The entire film is photographed in sepia tones that add enormously to the feeling of France on the brink of downfall. This is a long film, highly dependent on visual imagery to keep it flowing, but a film with many messages about the world at the brink of war. Recommended. Grady Harp

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