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Lemming (2005)

Not Rated | | Drama, Mystery, Thriller | 11 May 2005 (France)
After developing a flying web-cam Alain has his boss and wife over for dinner. She turns up to be very rude, and the same night Alain finds a live rare Scandinavian lemming clogging up the kitchen sink. The night things start going wrong.

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Cast

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Alain Getty
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Bénédicte Getty
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Alice Pollock
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Richard Pollock
Jacques Bonnaffé ...
Nicolas Chevalier
Véronique Affholder ...
Francine
Michel Cassagne ...
Le vétérinaire
Florence Desille ...
L'infirmière
Emmanuel Gayet ...
Le médecin de garde
Félix Gonzales ...
Félix, le fils du voisin
Nicolas Jouhet ...
L'employé des eaux
Fabrice Robert ...
Bruno
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Getty's Neighbour (Felix' Father)

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The automation engineer Alain Getty and his beloved wife Bénédicte have just moved to the suburb of Bel-Air. Alain has developed the prototype of a flying web-cam for Pollock S.A., a high-tech company. After a successful presentation of his project to their clients, Alain invites his boss Richard Pollock and his wife Alice for dinner at his home. The couple arrives late, and Alice is extremely rude, insulting her husband and the young couple, and forcing Richard to leave the house earlier. During the night, Alain finds a rare Scandinavian lemming stuck in the siphon of the sink in the kitchen. On the next night, Alice unsuccessfully tries to seduce Alain after-hours in the laboratory of the company. On the next afternoon, she visits Bénédicte to apologize her behavior and cynically tells her sexual harassment to her husband. Then she locks herself in a room and commits suicide. On the next days, Bénédicte changes her behavior and relationship with Alain, seeming to be possessed by ... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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$603,392 (France) (20 May 2005)

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$81,612 (USA) (8 September 2006)
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The film opened the 2005 Cannes Film Festival. See more »

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Referenced in Mic Macs à Tire-Larigot (2009) See more »

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An der schönen blauen Donau
Written by Johann Strauss
Performed by The Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Conducted by Fritz Reiner
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not Hitchcockian, Lewtonesque!
30 October 2006 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

I saw this film today and thought it was beautifully constructed with layers of metaphor and 'reality' that one can choose to attend to at will. I don't think the film was Hitchcockian - the pace was much more leisurely and atmospheric than most Hitchcock or American films. However, if there is any point of comparison, i would say it is with Val Lewton, who seemingly loved making stories about the supernatural aspects of human relationships (and the screeching train reminded me of the braking bus in 'Cat People'). By the end of 'Lemming' i totally accepted the bizarre rationality implied as an explanation for the whole thing - those actors and Moll made me believe it.


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