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15 March 2000 (France) See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Bernard Giraudeau ... Léopold
Malik Zidi ... Franz

Ludivine Sagnier ... Anna

Anna Levine ... Véra (as Anna Thomson)

Directed by
François Ozon 
Writing credits
Rainer Werner Fassbinder (play "Tropfen auf heisse Steine")

François Ozon 

Produced by
Olivier Delbosc .... producer: Fidélité Productions
Christine Gozlan .... producer: Les Films Alain Sarde
Kenzô Horikoshi .... producer: Euro Space Inc
Marc Missonnier .... producer: Fidélité Productions
Alain Sarde .... producer: Les Films Alain Sarde
Cinematography by
Jeanne Lapoirie 
Film Editing by
Laurence Bawedin 
Claudine Bouché 
Casting by
Antoinette Boulat 
Production Design by
Arnaud de Moleron 
Set Decoration by
Valérie Chemain 
Costume Design by
Pascaline Chavanne 
Makeup Department
Agathe Dupuis .... key hair stylist
Gill Robillard .... key makeup artist
Production Management
Ivan Desrue .... unit manager
Mélanie Karlin .... post-production supervisor
Karine Raphaël .... trainee unit manager
Pierre Wallon .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Hubert Barbin .... first assistant director
Cyril Duval .... second assistant director
Art Department
Olivier Breban .... upholsterer
Valérie Chemain .... set dresser
Laurent Coutellier .... property master
Nicolas Doyon .... construction coordinator
Emmanuel Goux .... painter
Antônio Grassi .... carpenter
Christophe Hervé .... painter
Jean Lepicard .... carpenter
Norbert Luchessi .... carpenter
Emmanuel Marais .... trainee decorator
Franck Miniconi .... head painter
Laurent Moizo .... trainee painter
Claude Orceau .... carpenter
Etienne Rohde .... first assistant decorator (as Étienne Rohde)
Pierre-André Roussotte .... painter
Serge Royo .... carpenter
Pierre Tejero .... carpenter
Sound Department
Charles Autrand .... assistant sound editor
Christophe Bourreau .... foley artist
Eric Devulder .... sound engineer
Benoît Hillebrant .... sound editor
Jean-Pierre Laforce .... sound mixer
Stephane Lioret .... boom operator
Benjamin Viau .... sound recordist
Camera and Electrical Department
Jean-Pierre Bonnet .... chief electrician (as Pierre Bonnet)
Aurélien Gerbault .... trainee electrician
Mounia Lamrani .... first assistant camera
Jean-Claude Moireau .... still photographer
Benoît Rizzotti .... second assistant camera
Hervé Rousset .... key grip
Christophe Sournac .... electrician
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Emma Lebail .... costumer (as Emma LeBail)
Editorial Department
Christian Dutac .... color timer: LTC
Jean-Noël Duval .... assistant editor
Music Department
Ceská Filharmonie .... musician
Susi Dorée .... musician
Günter Loose .... composer: additional music
Other crew
Valerie Arbib .... production secretary (as Valérie Arbib)
Fabienne Beaudeau .... production administrator
Sébastien Charles .... choreographer
Agathe Grau .... script supervisor
Pierre Grippon .... location manager
Frédéric André .... thanks: TSF
Dominique Besnehard .... thanks
Nicolas Bérard .... thanks: Kodack
Brahim Chioua .... thanks
Didier de Keyser .... thanks: LTC
Thierry de Segonzac .... thanks: TSF
Sylvain Frydman .... thanks: TSF
Danièle Gain .... thanks (as Danielle Gain)
Françoise Hardy .... thanks
Juliane Lorenz .... thanks (as Julianne Lorenz)
Isabelle Peyrefitte .... thanks
Marcia Romano .... thanks
Katharina von Bismarck .... thanks: L'Arche Editeur

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Gouttes d'eau sur pierres brûlantes" - France (original title)
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82 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
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Based on a play written by famous film director Rainer Werner Fassbinder when he was only 19.See more »
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21 out of 25 people found the following review useful.
A film that sizzles, 25 April 2002
Author: raymond-15 from Australia

The film version of Fassbinder's play retains the theatrical structure with 4 acts, 4 actors and 4 great performances. The dialogue wins you over at once and keeps you in rapt attention hanging on every word. Leopold a persuasive self-indulgent bi-sexual restructures the lives of 3 people as he introduces them to new sexual adventures. First there's Franz a good-looking 20 year old who is contemplating marriage with his girlfriend Anna. He becomes confused about love when he has a homosexual dream which Leopold is only too happy to recreate once he has enticed the somewhat inexperienced Franz into his bed. Then there's Anna who is agreeably surprised at the change in Franz's sexual attitude. She too is overwhelmed by Leopold's advances towards her. Thirdly there's Vera - now a woman, once a man - Leopold's ex-lover perhaps more confused and disappointed than any of them. It's an entertaining romp as we watch the hand of experience "create" new lives for each of them. Leopold always in search of novelty knows what each victim is yearning for and he is only too ready to meet their least until the novelty wears off. I felt the first three acts were absolutely flawless. Act 4 with its black humour was less appealing I thought. The telephone call to his mother was quite unforgettable....."I think I'll go to Heaven because I'm young!"....and spoken with such dead pan sincerity. And the follow-up call to mother was a real gem.'s the dialogue that fascinates and holds the play together... the casting too is exceptional....and as for the old game of Ludo.... it will be so much more meaningful to me in the future!

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