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We need a stronger key motivator, I think, but at least we learn about lemmings See more (41 total) »


  (in credits order)

Laurent Lucas ... Alain Getty

Charlotte Gainsbourg ... Bénédicte Getty

Charlotte Rampling ... Alice Pollock

André Dussollier ... 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
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Natacha Boussaa ... Une call-girl
Luc Thelliez ... Getty's Neighbour (Felix' Father)

Directed by
Dominik Moll 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Gilles Marchand 
Dominik Moll 

Produced by
Michel Saint-Jean .... producer
Original Music by
David Whitaker  (as David Sinclair Whitaker)
Cinematography by
Jean-Marc Fabre 
Film Editing by
Mike Fromentin 
Production Design by
Michel Barthélémy 
Art Direction by
Pierre Duboisberranger 
Costume Design by
Virginie Montel 
Isabelle Pannetier 
Makeup Department
Mabel Anzalone .... additional makeup artist
Kaatje Van Damme .... key makeup artist
Production Management
Charles Besnard .... assistant production
Olivier Lagny .... unit production manager
Catherine Lapoujade .... production manager
Laurent Weitmann .... assistant unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Christian Alzieu .... second assistant director
Julien Greco .... second assistant director
Rafaele Ravinet-Virbel .... first assistant director
Art Department
François Borgeaud .... property master
Thomas Broyon .... assistant property buyer
Tom Danos .... carpenter
Xavier Floris .... props: exteriors
Virginie Hernvann .... assistant art director
Arnaud Le Roch .... assistant art director
Boris Piot .... set dresser
Nathalie Rousseau .... trainee art director
Bertrand Terreyre .... carpenter
David Laurent .... ripper (uncredited)
Sound Department
Frank Ceven .... assistant foley artist (as Franck Ceven)
Pascal Chauvin .... foley artist
Gérard Hardy .... sound editor
Gérard Lamps .... sound re-recording mixer
Armelle Mahé .... assistant sound mixer
François Maurel .... sound
Fred Mays .... post-synchronization
James McWilliam .... programmer
Fred Messa .... boom operator
Special Effects by
Pascal Molina .... special effects
Visual Effects by
Chrystèle Barbarat .... visual effects production manager
Erwann Baudet .... digital effects artist
Anne Chatelet .... character animator
Laurent Clavier .... research & development support
Christophe Courgeau .... matte painting lead
Sophie Denize .... visual effects coordinator
Nicolas Dumay .... digital effects artist
Cédric Fayolle .... digital compositor
Ludovic Fouche .... matchmover
Pascal Laurent .... visual effects coordinator
Cyrille Martin .... character animator
Pierre Michel .... digital compositor
Michael Nauzin .... character animator
Laurent Pancaccini .... animator
Guillaume Pondard .... digital compositor
Nicolas Rey .... visual effects supervisor
Alexandre Rouil .... particle animator
Morgan Sagel .... digital effects artist
Vincent Venchiarutti .... digital compositor
Francois Zarroca .... research & development support
Camera and Electrical Department
Laurent Duquesnoy .... grip
Nicolas Le Gal .... assistant camera
Luc Reyrolle .... electrician
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Olivia Lahougue .... wardrobe supervisor
Editorial Department
Gilda Fine .... assistant editor
Isabelle Julien .... color timer
Fabien Pascal .... assistant color timer
Fabien Pascal .... color timer
Clotilde Tellier .... assistant editor
Music Department
Vivien Mergot .... additional music recordist
Colin Sheen .... conductor
Other crew
Bénédicte Darblay .... script supervisor
Nathalie Lesage .... accountant
Ronan Moucheboeuf .... assistant: Charlotte Gainsbourg
Charlotte Puiroux .... unit production assistant
Julie Depardieu .... thanks

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10 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
We need a stronger key motivator, I think, but at least we learn about lemmings, 7 July 2008
Author: Terrell-4 from San Antonio, Texas

Lemming starts promisingly with the dinner party from hell. A young, much in love couple is preparing dinner for their guests, his boss and the boss' wife. Alain Getty (Laurent Lucas) is the newly hired home automation designer at The Pollack Company. He's smart, decent and good-looking. His wife, Benedicte, is alert, pretty and bright. She cooks. He tastes. They smooch. Then their guests show up. His boss, Richard Pollack (Andre Dussollier), is older, gracious and friendly. Alice Pollack (Charlotte Rampling), grim and puffy-eyed, is something else, from the sunglasses she wears at table to the glass of wine she throws in her husband's face. In between, the young couple hears her accusations of his infidelity. She trains her venom on the young wife as she leaves. On top of all this, the kitchen sink's drain is stopped up with what we later find is a lemming.

So far, so good.

But if we were expecting the clever, unnerving suspense of director Dominik Moll's With A Friend Like Harry from 2000, we're going to be not only disappointed but also surprised at Moll's miscues. The blame must be shared with his co-writer, Gilles Marchand. There simply are no motivations or situations that arise other than what, over and over, Moll and Marchand create out of thin air for us. That is, of course what the movies are all about. But with A Friend Like Harry, all we had to do was accept one unlikely situation...that there might be someone lurking about like Harry. Once we swallowed that hook, we were caught. With that accepted, everything else Moll threw at us was accepted, however unlikely or extreme. With Lemming, there's no first cause that makes sense or is believable. The hook we have to swallow is that Alain's hormone's will respond to the aging stimulus of Mrs. Pollack's unsmiling attempt at seduction, and that Alain's involuntary and momentary arousal makes him just as guilty as if he'd agreed to jump in the sack with her. Alain doesn't agree to do that, regardless of how a few hormones responded, because he honorably loves his wife. Moll needs a motivating cause for what he has in store for us. This isn't believable enough, but Moll doesn't seem to notice. He gives us a director's indulgence. Consequently, everything that follows is a director's indulgence, too.

The first 46 minutes of Lemming, even if not especially engaging, have a nice uneasiness about them, culminating in a genuinely unexpected action. From then on, however, I was never especially engaged in the creepy shenanigans of isolated cabins, dreams, waves of rodents, adultery, the Mini Flying Webcam, hints of the Exorcist, murder and even the origin of lemmus lemmus and how one got stuck in a drain in the south of France. All seemed to be manipulations of a director who, this time, might not have been as smart as he thought he was.

If Moll with his lemming wants to deal in metaphors, perhaps our metaphor should be the last thing we hear...Mama Cass and the rest of the Mamas and the Papas singing Dream a Little Dream of Me. It's a great song but we have it pasted a little pretentiously onto the end of a French psycho thriller. As hard as this is to say, Mama Cass doesn't exactly swing it.

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