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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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Brief encounter during the Paris transit strike. See more (37 total) »


  (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
Anne-Cécile Vergnaud .... assistant editor
Benjamin Weill .... second assistant editor
Other crew
Olivia Bruynoghe .... script supervisor
Laurence Picollec .... finance
Bernadette Zinck .... production administrator

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Vendredi soir" - France (original title)
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90 min | Canada:90 min (Toronto International Film Festival)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Hong Kong:IIB | Switzerland:7 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:7 (canton of Vaud) | UK:15
Filming Locations:


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11 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
Brief encounter during the Paris transit strike., 26 July 2003
Author: jotix100 from New York

Claire Denis sure knows the French woman's mentality. She is very sly in presenting us this story, that on the surface tells us one thing, but deep down, it has nothing to do what we are actually watching.

The transit strike plot, with Laure sitting in traffic and going nowhere, is played too long. We all get the idea of the boredom and frustration of the driver caught in similar circumstances. That part of the film can drive the viewer nuts, since nothing happens.

Laure doesn't feel any remorse into picking up Jean, who is obviously stranded, or is he?. Their conversation doesn't reveal anything, yet, one can feel where this is leading to: somewhere where Laure and Jean can copulate to their hearts content.

The clue of what's to come takes place after they have an espresso at the cafe. Jean asks for change to go downstairs to the vending machine for a 4 condom pack. Oh la la... Jean is not a casual sex offender, he must protect himself, as well as the woman he takes to bed. Casual meetings such as these can be very dangerous!

The scenes in the hotel are well staged. In fact, there is nothing shocking, or done in bad taste. When Laure and Jean are making out, their behavior is very chaste, without French kisses, (I wonder if Pres. Bush would call them Liberty kisses?...) is a let down. But Jean and Laure do it very stylishly and with decorum.

Jean, obviously, is not a one-woman man. After all he has more condoms in his pocket and when he is in the pizzeria, he spots another woman who makes it known she wants to play with him downstairs.

At the end of the film we watch Laure leave the hotel room running into the deserted streets with a grin on her face. She'll go now to her own lover as though nothing had ever happened that night. She is a woman empowered by her own will to have fun, yet not take it too seriously, or hurt anyone. Perhaps she's laughing at her own sense of adventure having done something that perhaps no one will ever know.

Both of the principals are very effective. Veronique Lemercier and Vincent Lindon play very well together. The director is perhaps telling us that there is still hope for all of us, non movie star types, to have fun and meet a partner for the night, have great sex on the next transit strike, if we are in Paris.

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