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Having packed up her possessions to move in with her lover, Laure is more unsettled than she appears... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Valérie Lemercier ... Laure

Vincent Lindon ... Jean
Hélène de Saint-Père ... Marie
Hélène Fillières ... La femme fatiguée
Florence Loiret Caille ... La jeune fille du flipper (as Florence Loiret-Caille)

Grégoire Colin ... Le jeune homme en parka
Gilles D'Ambra ... Le mari de la femme fatiguée

Micha Lescot ... Le réceptionniste
Gianfranco Poddighe ... Le maître d'hôtel
Nordine Barour ... Le serveur
Lionel Goldstein ... L'acheteur
Didier Woldemard ... Le chauffeur de la camionnette
Nicolas Struve ... L'homme de l'accrochage
Jérôme Pouly ... Le deuxième homme de l'accrochage
Nausicaa Meyer ... La femme de l'accrochage
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Julia Bousinesq ... La vieille dame
Géraldine Brezault ... La jeune femme éblouie
Hervé Chaffardon ... Le légionnaire
Manon Conan-Guez ... Une passagère
Pierre De-Carmou ... Monsieur Pierre
Véronique Gugenheim ... Une passagère
Gisèle Joly ... La femme intriguée
Rachida Oulekhiari ... Le serveuse de café
Conception Pires ... La concierge
Luka Pusic ... Le bébé de Marie
Jacqueline Rapsaet ... La femme au chien
Erwan Ribard ... L'homme inquiétant
Mila Somonovic ... La femme blonde
Jane Villenet ... La voix de la radio
Christophe Windling ... La voix de François

Directed by
Claire Denis 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Emmanuèle Bernheim  novel
Emmanuèle Bernheim  screenplay
Claire Denis 

Produced by
Bruno Pésery .... producer
Original Music by
Dickon Hinchliffe 
Cinematography by
Agnès Godard 
Film Editing by
Nelly Quettier 
Casting by
Stéphane Batut 
Antoinette Boulat 
Production Design by
Katia Wyszkop 
Set Decoration by
Gérard Marcireau 
Costume Design by
Catherine Leterrier 
Judy Shrewsbury 
Makeup Department
Véronique Boitout .... key hair stylist
Reynald Desbant .... hair stylist
Laurence Grosjean .... makeup artist
Danièle Vuarin .... key makeup artist
Production Management
Alain Barbaut .... unit manager
Denis Bourgeois .... unit manager
Estelle Brugerolles .... unit manager
Manuel Cazorla .... unit production manager
Tony Daoulas .... unit manager
Marjorie Gloaguen .... unit manager
Michel Imbert .... general organization
Fabien Le Boulluec .... unit manager
Henry Le Turc .... unit manager
Patrice Lemoine .... unit manager
Frederic Mahler .... unit manager
Liliana Nedelcu .... unit manager
Maud Quiffet .... unit manager
Christine Raspillère .... production manager
Yohan Rozo .... unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jean-Paul Allegre .... first assistant director
François Azria .... assistant director
Benedicte Frely .... assistant director
Murielle Iris .... assistant director
Isabelle Katz .... assistant director
Alexandre Krouleff .... assistant director
Sophie Martin .... assistant director
Caroline Vandenbussche .... trainee assistant director
Sound Department
Vincent Arnardi .... sound re-recording mixer
Christophe Bourreau .... foley artist
Christophe Bourreau .... sound effects editor
Pascal Chauvin .... sound effects editor
Edouard d'Heucqueville .... sound mix technician
Eric Grattepain .... sound effects editor
Macdara Smith .... sound effects editor
Emmanuel Ughetto .... boom operator
Jean-Louis Ughetto .... sound mixer
Jean-Louis Ughetto .... sound
Jean-Christophe Winding .... sound editor (as Christophe Winding)
Visual Effects by
Luc Augereau .... visual effects producer
Kevin Berger .... digital compositor
Kevin Berger .... visual effects supervisor
Mathilde Germi .... digital artist
Christian Guillon .... visual effects producer
Jean-Francois Theault .... digital compositor
Camera and Electrical Department
Eric Baraillon .... electrician
Tony Chapuis .... second assistant camera
Lionel Perrin .... focus puller
Richard Vidal .... electrician
Editorial Department
Miguel Bejo .... telecine dailies colorist
Anne-Cécile Vergnaud .... assistant editor
Benjamin Weill .... second assistant editor
Other crew
Olivia Bruynoghe .... script supervisor
Laurence Picollec .... financial director
Bernadette Zinck .... production administrator

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Vendredi soir" - France (original title)
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90 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Hong Kong:IIB | Switzerland:7 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:7 (canton of Vaud) | UK:15 | USA:Unrated
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8 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
poetic, insightful, even humorous, 27 April 2003
Author: kinaidos from Seattle, WA

This movie is not for the sort of casual movie-goer who must have a plot driven, dialogue heavy entertainment vehicle in order to be satisfied. This film is typical Denis: intensely visual, with sparse dialogue and a very minimal plot.

The premise of the film is a simple one. A woman about to move in with her lover is caught in a traffic jam during a Paris transit strike. She picks up a stranger, and they have a one-nighter.

The film's focus is the little things that make up sexual attraction, the situations, the glimpses, the attitudes, the predilections, etc. It manages to present this in an almost completely visual way without ever becoming dull, pretentious, or difficult to watch. The film has a minute logic to it which manages to pull the viewer along from scene to scene using humor, suspense, and a good deal of empathy for the central character.

This film invites one to reflect on the way in which sex relates to the variety of life's anxieties: anxieties over self-image, anxieties over one's future, anxieties over one's significance, etc. It also provides an interesting vantage point from which to view the over-romanticized over-serious status that sex is given in main-stream American cinema.

Go to this film with the intent of viewing a wonderful piece of art. There is some work required on the viewer's part, but it's worth the effort.

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