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Demonlover -- Two corporations compete for illicit 3D manga pornography, sending spies to infiltrate each other's operations.
Demonlover -- Two corporations compete for illicit 3D manga pornography, sending spies to infiltrate each other's operations.


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  (in credits order)

Connie Nielsen ... Diane de Monx

Charles Berling ... Hervé Le Millinec

Chloë Sevigny ... Elise Lipsky
Dominique Reymond ... Karen
Jean-Baptiste Malartre ... Henri-Pierre Volf

Gina Gershon ... Elaine Si Gibril
Edwin Gerard ... Edward Gomez
Thomas M. Pollard ... Avocat américain
Abi Sakamoto ... Kaori - la traductrice
Naoko Yamazaki ... Eiko
Nao Ômori ... Shoji
Jean-Pierre Gos ... Verkamp - Contact Diane
Julie Brochen ... Gina - Amie de Diane
Randall Holden ... Ray
Alexandre Lachaux ... Erwan - Broker #1
Ludovic Schoendoerffer ... Luis - Broker #2
Mathias Mlekuz ... Chauffeur d'Elise
Gilles Masson ... Homme au chien
Pascal Oumaklouf ... Agresseur #1 de Karen
Bruno Soldani ... Agresseur #2 de Karen
Arnaud Mathey-Dreyfus ... Assistant de Hervé
Stéphane Lévy ... Assistant de Volf
Jürgen Doering ... Styliste (as Jurgen Doering)
Alexis Pivot ... Frankie
Eric Weinberg ... Père de Frankie
Laurent Jacquet ... Chauffeur de Volf
Papis Gadio ... Ami d'Elise
Danny Evangelista ... Valet de chambre Volf
Carmelita Tuazan ... Gouvernante
Margot Kansten ... Fille Volf #1
Charlotte Kansten ... Fille Volf #2
Paul Michineau ... Voiturier Hôtel Raphaël
Arnaud Guenet ... Garçon d'étage Hôtel Raphaël
Marie Modiano ... Jeune fille au restaurant
Xinjie Ge ... Serveuse restaurant
Tarô Suwa ... Japon - Avocat #1
Ikko Suzuki ... Japon - Avocat #2
Black ... Japon - Travesti au Yellow Club
Emiko Mokudai ... Japon - Masseuse
Toru Kodama ... Japon - Homme d'affaires
Romantica ... Japon - Danseuses au Yellow Club
E. Male ... Japon - VJs au Yellow Club
Hugo Aguilera ... Mexique - Homme de main #1
Julian Bucio ... Mexique - Homme de main #2
Mauricio Martínez ... Mexique - Homme de main #3
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

George W. Bush ... Himself (uncredited) (archive footage)
Arnaud Cafaxe ... Salary man (uncredited)
Jean-Charles Dumay ... Henri (uncredited)

Karine Lima ... Zora (uncredited)

Directed by
Olivier Assayas 
Writing credits
Olivier Assayas (written by)

Produced by
Sylvie Barthet .... line producer
Jean Coulon .... executive producer
Claude Davy .... executive producer
Xavier Giannoli .... producer
Andres Martin .... associate producer
Robin O'Hara .... associate producer
Edouard Weil .... delegate producer
Original Music by
Jim O'Rourke 
Sonic Youth 
Cinematography by
Denis Lenoir 
Film Editing by
Luc Barnier 
Casting by
Kerry Barden 
Antoinette Boulat 
Production Design by
François-Renaud Labarthe 
Art Direction by
James David Goldmark 
Set Decoration by
Cécile Deleu  (as Cécile Deleu-Montel)
Bastien Meunier 
Costume Design by
Anaïs Romand 
Makeup Department
Franck-Pascal Alquinet .... hair stylist
Jean-Charles Bachelier .... hair stylist
Christophe Giraud .... key makeup artist
Axel Guemraoui .... hair stylist
Bettina Keller .... hair stylist
Myriam Kimas .... makeup artist
Alexis Kinebanyan .... special makeup effects artist
Benoît Lestang .... special makeup effects artist
Stéphane Eric Monteil .... hair stylist
Thi Thanh Tu Nguyen .... key makeup artist
Emmanuel Pitois .... special makeup effects artist
Marie-Claire Schori .... makeup artist
Production Management
Stéphane Barlow .... assistant unit manager
Sylvie Barthet .... production manager
Olivier Jacob .... unit manager
Didier Lasserre .... assistant unit manager
Pierre-Yves Le Stum .... unit manager
Carmen Lima .... unit manager
Emmanuelle Manigaud .... assistant unit manager
Carole Pigeaux .... production supervisor
Chrystel Tissot .... assistant unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Gilles Bindi .... trainee assistant director
Arnaud Cafaxe .... second second assistant director
Florent Darmon .... trainee assistant director
Maia Etcheverry .... assistant director
Pablo Lopez Paredes .... second assistant director
Arnaud Mathey-Dreyfus .... additional assistant director
Marie-Jeanne Pascal .... first assistant director
Art Department
Vincent Amiel .... construction crew
Charlotte Bayle .... titles designer
Jérôme Bertin .... construction crew
Joachim Caille .... construction crew
Marie Chapuis .... painter
Bernard Chenevier .... construction crew
Matthieu Degeorges .... construction crew
Arthur Deleu .... property master
Jean-Marc Delière .... construction crew
Stéphane Delzenne .... construction crew
Valérie Faynot .... second assistant decorator
Cédric Fidone .... construction crew
David Firmin .... construction crew
Laurent Gantès .... construction crew
Christophe Graziani .... ripper
Pascal Guyot .... construction crew
Alexis Jorand .... painter
Dominique Laine .... construction crew
Benoît Leclerc .... construction crew
Jean Lepicard .... construction crew
Christian Lionel .... construction crew (as Lionel Christian)
Guy Lionel .... painter (as Lionel Guy)
Norbert Luchessi .... construction crew
Françoise Malaplate .... painter
Frédérique Menichetti .... tapestry
Gregory Morell .... construction crew
Eric Petit-Jean .... construction crew
Emmanuel Sultan .... construction crew
Philippe Tanasic .... property master
Sound Department
Jonathan Acbard .... boom operator
Christophe Bourreau .... foley artist
Geraldine Falieu .... assistant sound editor
William Flageollet .... sound re-recording mixer
Dominique Gaborieau .... sound re-recording mixer
Olivier Goinard .... sound editor
François-Joseph Hors .... sound re-recording mixer
Nikolas Javelle .... dialogue editor
Johann Nallet .... sound recordist
Alexis Place .... assistant sound editor
Philippe Richard .... sound
Macdara Smith .... foley artist
Patrice Séverac .... post-synchronisation
Jean-Alexandre Villemer .... sound recordist
Carine Zimmerlin .... boom operator
Special Effects by
Anne Bergamaschi .... special effects
Daniel Cordero .... special effects: Mexico (as Daniel 'Chovy' Cordero)
Grégoire Delage .... special effects
Jacky Dufour .... special effects
Pascal Fauvelle .... special effects
Pierre Foury .... pyrotechnic special effects
Michel Gery .... special effects
Julien Huber .... special effects
Rodrigo 'Bigotes' Jaramillo .... special effects: Mexico (as Rodrigo Jaramillo)
Daniel Lenoir .... special effects
Jérome Miel .... special effects
Benoît Squizzato .... pyrotechnic special effects
Olivier Zenenski .... special effects
Visual Effects by
Annie Dautane .... visual effects producer
Richard Deusy .... digital color grader
François Dumoulin .... digital artist
François Dumoulin .... digital compositor
Benjamin Massoubre .... assistant digital compositor
Hugo Aguilera .... stunts: Mexico
Jean-Louis Airola .... stunt coordinator
Alain Barbier .... stunts
Anne Barrandon .... stunts
Julian Bucio .... stunts: Mexico
Cyrille Dufaut .... stunts
Odile Guillodeau .... stunts
Michel Julienne .... stunts
Jean-Claude Lagniez .... stunts
Mauricio Martínez .... stunts: Mexico
Camera and Electrical Department
Eric Aupetit .... key grip
Stéphane Bourgoin .... electrician
Malik Brahimi .... grip
Julien Cottret .... additional grip
Lucilio Da Costa Pais .... electrician (as Lucilio Da Costa)
Jean Christophe Delinaoumis .... assistant camera (as Jean-Christophe Delianoumis)
Emile Dubuisson .... first assistant camera: second unit
Benoît Glaux .... assistant camera
Brice Gomez .... electrician
Leopold Gomez .... gaffer (as Leo Gomez)
Virgile Gomez-Fernandez .... electrician
Jean-François Hensgens .... focus puller
Landry Jourdan .... electrician
Paf le Chien .... still photographer
Yorick Le Saux .... director of photography: second unit
Denis Lenoir .... camera operator
Julien Pamart .... assistant camera
Jean-Philippe Pasquier .... grip
Robert Polonia .... electrician
Kurt Reybrouck .... grip
Gilles Sollier .... grip
Marion Stalens .... still photographer
Thierry Taieb .... assistant camera
Laurence Trémolet .... still photographer
Yuji Wada .... gaffer: Japan unit
Laurent Ziliani .... assistant camera
Casting Department
Anne Guillemard .... extras casting
Marie-France Michel .... extras casting
Ryuichi Takeuchi .... extras casting: Japan
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Agnès D'At .... costumer
Suzanne Dangel .... costumer
Jürgen Doering .... costumer (as Jurgen Doering)
Editorial Department
Fleur Augustin .... assistant editor
Richard Deusy .... colorist
Muriel Douvry .... assistant editor
Christian Dutac .... color timer
Zoé Forget .... assistant editor
Julia Gregory .... assistant editor
Célia Lafitedupont .... assistant editor
Bérengère Saint-Bezar .... assistant editor
Cécile Therond .... second assistant editor
David Vincent .... color timer
Music Department
Amélie de Chassey .... music supervisor
Delphine Mathieu .... music supervisor
Eric Michon .... music supervisor
Other crew
Dina Arbib .... production assistant
Dominique Bandet .... production assistant
Françoise Bouillon-Pommerolle .... production administrator
Marianne Capian .... assistant location manager (as Marianne Capian-Casino)
Frederic Chene .... assistant production administrator (as Frédéric Chene)
Julie Chojnowicz .... assistant location manager
Agnès Feuvre .... script supervisor
Clémentine Harland .... production assistant
Rodrigo Herranz .... production coordinator: Mexico
Vanessa Jerrom .... press attache
Pierre-Yves Le Stum .... location manager
Noé Lefebvre .... assistant location manager
Valérie Novel .... location manager
Manuel Pouet .... location scout
Julien Zeitouni .... production assistant

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Rated R for strong violence, sexual content and some language
129 min | USA:117 min (unrated version) | Italy:121 min | USA:115 min (R-rated version)
Aspect Ratio:
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Argentina:16 | Australia:R | Australia:M (TV rating) | Finland:K-15 | Germany:18 | Italy:VM18 | Japan:R-18 | Philippines:R-13 | Sweden:15 | Switzerland:16 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:16 (canton of Vaud) | USA:R | USA:Unrated (director's cut)

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The prêt-a-porter featured is from a Fred Sathal collection and is credited along the movie and video game extracts featured.See more »
Hervé Le Millinec:I saw you move. I saw you with Volf.
Diane de Monx:What did you see?
Hervé Le Millinec:How you operated. I admire you.
Diane de Monx:You didn't see anything. No one sees anything. Ever. They watch... But they don't understand.
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67 out of 75 people found the following review useful.
Criminally Underrated, 24 April 2004
Author: arturobandini from Burbank, CA

Admittedly, DEMONLOVER makes a sharp left narrative turn at the halfway point that's going to confound viewers who are intrigued by the straightforward (and extremely absorbing) high-stakes opening. But that's no reason to dismiss the many, many things that writer/director Olivier Assayas gets absolutely right. In the end, DEMONLOVER is a fascinating mirror-world reflection (as William Gibson would call it) of where our global society might be just five minutes from now: the fittest who survive will be multilingual, career-consumed and ridiculously chic, but also soulless, as if missing the gene that supplies a sense of loyalty and ethics. The movie is a cautionary, though entirely plausible, tale of humans debased by their own lust for ungoverned capitalism. Every line of dialogue is about the business merger at hand; in the rare instances where feelings are discussed, they're usually about how *work* affects those emotions. The big wink here is that the characters don't even discuss business honestly, because each has duplicitous motives.

Technically, DEMONLOVER is a feast. Denis Lenoir's widescreen photography constantly dazzles -- many of the tracking shots are sustained in close-up (creating paranoia), and the color spectrum appears as if filtered through corporate fluorescence. (The neon-drenched Tokyo sequence is particularly hypnotic.) Jump cuts keep the narrative one step ahead of the audience. Sonic Youth's atonal guitar score creates the same mutant environment that Howard Shore pulled off in CRASH. Most significantly, Connie Nielsen's face (and hair and wardrobe) mesmerizes more than any CGI I've ever seen. Considering the labyrinthine motives of her character, Nielsen's exquisite subtlety may be lost on first-time viewers; on second look, her emotionless gaze speaks volumes.

Audiences (and critics) have unanimously attacked the `problematic' second half as an example of directorial self-indulgence. While I agree that it's not as satisfying as the first half, I don't think it's a total crash-and-burn (pardon the pun). Clearly, the ending is open to thematic interpretation, but I think Assayas is just saying that if our species isn't more careful, we'll end up like one-dimensional characters in a video game of our own devising - sure, winner takes all, but the rest of us suffer enormously.

Narrative ambiguity aside, DEMONLOVER is the great Hitchcockian/Cronenbergian espionage fantasia I've been waiting for. It makes sense that it would come from Europe, since Hollywood forgot long ago how to make their assembly-line genre exercises intellectually stimulating. (Like the animé porn within the story, Hollywood movies today represent no more than a calculated corporate commodity.) More than any other film from the last 2½ years, DEMONLOVER seems a product of the post-9/11 world - a not-so-distant future where overwhelming paranoia goads us to preemptively eliminate any form of potential competition before it can do the same to us. And how in doing so, we devour our own tail.

I expect this movie's reputation will grow by leaps and bounds in the coming years.

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