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Director:
Writers:
Philippe Blasband (original idea)
Jacques Fieschi (writer)
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Release Date:
7 January 2004 (France) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Can you ever control another person's sexuality?
Plot:
Nathalie is the name a Parisian prostitute assumes for a special mission or "private investigation."... See more » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
2 nominations See more »
NewsDesk:
(9 articles)
User Reviews:
The profound alchemy between two consummate actresses. See more (34 total) »

Cast

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Fanny Ardant ... Catherine

Emmanuelle Béart ... Nathalie / Marlène

Gérard Depardieu ... Bernard
Wladimir Yordanoff ... François
Judith Magre ... La mère de Catherine
Rodolphe Pauly ... Le fils
Évelyne Dandry ... La patronne du bar
Ari Boulogne ... L'homme d'un soir (as Ari Päffgen)
Aurore Auteuil ... La patiente de Catherine
Idit Cebula ... Ghislaine
Sasha Rucavina ... Marianne (as Sacha Rukavina)
Macha Polikarpova ... Ingrid
Marie Adam ... La secrétaire médicale
Sophie Séfériadès ... Une autre patiente
Serge Onteniente ... L'agent immobilier (as Serge Onteniente-Boutleroff)
Marinette Lévy ... Marie
Ida Techer ... Amie de Marlène
Caroline Frank ... Amie de Marlène
Sophie Noël ... Hôtesse du bar
Angélique Thomas ... Hôtesse du bar

Evelyne Macko ... Hôtesse du bar
Prudence Maïdou ... Hôtesse du bar
Karine Hulewicz ... Femme couple de clients

Marc Rioufol ... Homme couple de clients
Pierre Manganelli ... Un client de Marlène
Hassan Maadi ... Un client de Marlène

Directed by
Anne Fontaine 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Philippe Blasband  original idea
Jacques Fieschi  writer
Anne Fontaine  writer
François-Olivier Rousseau  writer

Produced by
Christine Gozlan .... executive producer
Alain Sarde .... producer
 
Original Music by
Michael Nyman 
 
Cinematography by
Jean-Marc Fabre 
 
Film Editing by
Emmanuelle Castro 
 
Casting by
Constance Demontoy 
Richard Rousseau 
 
Production Design by
Michel Barthélémy 
 
Art Direction by
Etienne Rohde 
 
Set Decoration by
Boris Piot 
 
Costume Design by
Pascaline Chavanne 
 
Makeup Department
Cédric Gérard .... key makeup artist
Agathe Moro .... key hair stylist
 
Production Management
Rémi Bergman .... unit manager
Frédéric Blum .... production manager
Philippe Lenfant .... assistant unit manager
Françoise Piraud .... post-production supervisor
Nathalie Radovic .... assistant post-production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Julien Féret .... assistant director
Laurent Perreau .... assistant director
Thierry Verrier .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Xavier Buffin .... head painter
Dièné Bérété .... assistant decorator
Florent Coulbouée .... carpenter
Tom Danos .... carpenter
Mathias Duhayer .... stagehand
Marco Elefante .... carpenter
Frédéric Fichter .... carpenter
Jacky Frankiel .... painter
Emmanuel Goux .... painter
Jean-Michel Guérin .... carpenter
Christophe Hervé .... painter
Guy Lionel .... painter
Frédérique Menichetti .... tapestry
Manuel Mougin .... property master
Boris Piot .... set dresser
Francois Poublan .... assistant property master
Ségolène Rocher .... assistant art director
Etienne Rohde .... assistant decorator
Olivier Rouillard .... property master
Carole Récamier .... tapestry
François Scala .... carpenter
Laurent Stianti .... painter
Marie-Hélène Sulmoni .... set dresser
Bertrand Terreyre .... carpenter
Elise Tulli .... assistant decorator
Martinus Van Lunen .... construction coordinator
Jean-Claude Waeyaert .... carpenter
 
Sound Department
Chris Bolster .... assistant sound engineer
Pascal Chauvin .... foley artist
Dominique Eyraud .... boom operator
Eric Ferret .... sound engineer
Eric Grattepain .... foley artist
Austin Ince .... sound engineer
Jean-Pierre Laforce .... sound
Jean-Claude Laureux .... sound
Sylvain Malbrant .... assistant sound editor
Michel Monier .... sound consultant: Dolby
Nicolas Moreau .... sound
Patrice Séverac .... post-synchronization
Stéphane Thiébaut .... additional sound mixer
Boris Visionneau .... sound consultant: DTS
 
Special Effects by
Philippe Hubin .... special effects
 
Visual Effects by
Odile Beraud .... scanning and recording
Fabien Eigen .... scanning and recording
Roxane Fechner .... visual effects supervisor
Valérie Flouquet .... visual effects supervisor
Sébastien Guyot .... scanning and recording
Christophe Keichinger .... scanning and recording
David Montoya .... scanning and recording
Frederic Moreau .... visual effects director (as Frédéric Moreau)
Gérard Soirant .... scanning and recording
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Mehdi Abdesslam .... camera trainee
Guy-Auguste Boléat .... key grip
Laurent Dexpert .... electrician
Laurent Duquesnoy .... grip
Laurent Hincelin .... assistant camera
Moune Jamet .... still photographer
Jean-Bernard Josko .... grip
Nicolas Le Gal .... assistant camera
Luis Peralta .... electrician
Luc Reyrolle .... electrician
Christian Weyers .... gaffer
 
Casting Department
Geneviève Acien .... extras casting assistant
Catherine Deserbais .... extras casting
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Michaela Stella Bagnoli .... assistant costumer
Valérie Le Hello .... costumer
 
Editorial Department
Catherine Athon .... post-production coordinator
Jean-Denis Buré .... assistant editor
Jean-Christophe Hym .... assistant editor
Florence Jacquet .... assistant editor
Gerard Savary .... color timer (as Gérard Savary)
 
Music Department
Edouard Dubois .... music consultant
Isobel Griffiths .... orchestra contractor
Valérie Lindon .... music supervisor
Bruce White .... viola
 
Other crew
Karima Benouadah .... production secretary
Michel Boyard .... assistant: Gérard Depardieu
Camille Brugere .... runner
Dominique Collobert .... production administrator
Vincent Lefeuvre .... production assistant
Patrick Lemaire .... groupman
Justine Malle .... script supervisor trainee
Maggie Perlado .... script supervisor (as Maggie Perlado Ribao)
Philippe Van Leeuw .... making-of director
Nathalie Radovic .... assistant to producer (uncredited)
 

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Canada:100 min (Toronto International Film Festival) | USA:100 min | Switzerland:105 min | Germany:106 min | Argentina:105 min | Russia:105 min
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Catherine:Jealousy, for men, it's a reflex!See more »
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15 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
The profound alchemy between two consummate actresses., 27 September 2006
Author: Tatjana Kazan (tatjana.kazan@gmail.com) from United States

The other night I watched two films, Michel Deville's Le Voyage en Douce (1980) and Anne Fontaine's Nathalie (2003). It was a felicitous, though accidental, pairing. Both films negotiate the complex, often hazardous subject of eroticism between women, straight women. In such films, the pairing of the actresses is absolutely crucial, and in this respect, Fontaine was more fortunate than Deville. In Nathalie, Fanny Ardant and Emmanuelle Béart have what Fontaine called a profound alchemy. The film veritably sizzles from the first encounter of the two women in a brothel to the final affirmation of their friendship.

Nathalie's plot line is rather cheesy – a woman (Ardant) finds out her husband (Gerard Depardieu in a beautifully muted role) is cheating on her. She hires a prostitute (Béart) to seduce her husband and after wards to relate every detail of their encounters to her. The hooker, Marlène, whom the wife renames Nathalie, accepts. And thus begins the film's depiction of sex by proxy. Nathalie's descriptions of sex with the husband reminded me of the superbly erotic scene in Bergman's Persona when the nurse relates her seduction of a boy on the beach. And as with Persona, this film heavily depends for its force on the subtleties and shadings in the acting of the three principals.

As always, Ardant commands our full attention. Her Catherine is beautiful, elegantly at ease, aloof. Béart's Nathalie is a kind of counterforce to Catherine. Her long sluttish blonde hair falls over her bruised blue eyes, both to conceal and to allow her a wary sideways glance at the world. She is tough and watchful, rarely does she smile. But as the story progresses, a startled softness in her eyes begins to submerge the cold indifference of the professional.

The first encounter between the two women sets the tone: in a garishly crimson bar of a Paris brothel, a somewhat apprehensive Catherine sits bolt upright on a leather sofa, looking decidedly out of place. When Marlène approaches her, Catherine is relieved and grateful. Marlène, for her part, is assured and even gentle with Catherine, though she doesn't quite know what to make of her. She knows how to talk to johns, but an elegant, educated woman is of a different order of magnitude. Catherine soon relaxes into a confiding, pleasurable intrigue with the hooker, and the bargain is struck. The erotic undercurrent is palpable.

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