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Don't Look Back -- Marina de Van's DON'T LOOK BACK is a tense psychological thriller about a beautiful, best-selling author (Sophie Marceau) who loses her grip on reality as she slowly morphs into the body of another woman (Monica Bellucci).


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Release Date:
3 June 2009 (France) See more »
A psychodrama about a photographer whose pictures tell a different story to that of her perception. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Sophie Marceau ... Jeanne

Monica Bellucci ... Jeanne

Andrea Di Stefano ... Teo / Gianni

Thierry Neuvic ... Teo 2
Brigitte Catillon ... Nadia 1 / Mère italienne
Sylvie Granotier ... Nadia 2
Augusto Zucchi ... Fabrizio
Giovanni Franzoni ... Enrico
Vittoria Meneganti ... Enfant brune 11 ans
Francesca Melucci ... Enfant blonde 9 ans
Adrien de Van ... Le psychiatre
Serena d'Amato ... Donatella
Myriam Muller ... Nania 2 jeune
Thomas De Araujo ... Jérémie 8 ans (as Thomas de Araujo)
Lucas Preux ... Jérémie 2
Thaïs Fischer ... Léa 6 ans
Chloé Béziat ... Léa 2
Daniel Plier ... Michael
Didier Flamand ... Robert
Lionel Kopp ... Le boucher 1
Frédéric Frenay ... Le boucher 2
Colette Kieffer ... Sonia
Luciano Massimo Liccardi ... Guillaume
Mounir Noum ... Benjamin
Andrea Coppola ... Invité Gordale
Olivier Demarest ... Jeune homme édition
Valentin Langlois ... Hommes sécurité
Laurent Hassid ... Hommes sécurité
Pascal Bonitzer ... Joueurs cercle
Iliana Lolitch ... Joueurs cercle (as Iliana Lalic)
Richard Benichou ... Joueurs cercle
Raoul Schlechter ... Serveur restaurant
Tamburellisti di Torrepaduli ... Groupe musique Italie (as I Tamburellisti di Torrepaduli)
Pierpaolo de Giorgi ... Groupe musique Italie
Emanuela Gabrieli ... Groupe musique Italie
Antonio Melagari ... Groupe musique Italie
Valentino Cariulo ... Groupe musique Italie
Salvatore Crudo ... Groupe musique Italie
Rocco Frisullo ... Groupe musique Italie
Donato Nuzzo ... Groupe musique Italie
Angela La Polito ... Doublure mère italienne
Mayssa Olabi ... Jeanne métamorphosée
Jacques Akchoti ... Joueur 1
Jani Thiltges ... Joueur 2

Patrick Sobelman ... Joueur 3
Augustin Legrand ... Avec les voix de (voice)
Dominique Reymond ... Avec les voix de (voice)
Stefania Romagnoli ... Avec les voix de (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Massimo Brancatelli ... Le barman
Claude Breda
Nathalie Brocker ... Doublure Valérie (uncredited)
Lubomir Kovatchev ... The psychologist (uncredited)

Directed by
Marina de Van 
Writing credits
Marina de Van (based on an original idea by)

Marina de Van (scenario and dialogue) &
Jacques Akchoti (scenario and dialogue)

Produced by
Conchita Airoldi .... co-producer
Sébastien Delloye .... co-producer
Dino Di Dionisio .... co-producer
Diana Elbaum .... co-producer
Patrick Sobelman .... producer
Jani Thiltges .... co-producer
Original Music by
Luc Rollinger 
Cinematography by
Dominique Colin (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Mike Fromentin 
Casting by
Brigitte Moidon 
Katja Wolf 
Production Design by
Véronique Sacrez 
Set Decoration by
Thierry Van Cappellen  (as Thierry Van Cappelen)
Costume Design by
Magdalena Labuz 
Makeup Department
Letizia Carnevale .... makeup artist: Monica Bellucci
Dominique Colladant .... special makeup effects artist
Jacqueline Hoogendijk .... makeup artist
Katja Reinert-Alexis .... makeup designer
Production Management
Patrick Blocman .... unit manager
Fabio Carlà .... unit manager
Daniele Esposito .... unit manager
Philippe Hagège .... production manager
Brigitte Kerger-Santos .... production manager
Patrizia Massa .... production manager
Michi Noro .... co-post-production supervisor
Jeannick Quai .... production acountant
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Tanguy Boulanger .... third assistant director
Jérôme Brière .... first assistant director
Renaud Epelboin .... second assistant director: France
Valérie Tristan .... second assistant director
Art Department
Marina Pinzuti Ansolini .... set dresser
Manuel Demoulling .... property master
Pirson Dominique .... painter
Sven Haerden .... carpenter
François Mast .... carpenter
Julie Ridremont .... carpenter
Bart van Lint .... head carpenter
Sound Department
Marc Bastien .... sound editor
Marc Bastien .... sound
François Dumont .... dialogue editor
Thomas Gauder .... sound re-recording mixer
Thomas Gauder .... sound
Stéphane Morelle .... boom operator
Yves Renard .... foley mixer
Michel Schillings .... second sound re-recording mixer
Carlo Thoss .... production sound mixer
Carlo Thoss .... sound
Special Effects by
Arnaud Delannoy .... special effects assistant
Fabrice Laroche .... motion capture lead
Visual Effects by
Stephanie Aubriot .... 3D supervisor
Jean-Louis Autret .... motion capture assistant
Nicolas Beaufays .... digital compositor
Matthieu Bollens .... animator
Matthieu Bollens .... motion capture operator
Remi Brun .... facial motion capture supervisor
Marie Celaya .... animation supervisor
Jacques Defontaine .... shading lead
Michel Denis .... visual effects producer
Bert Deruyck .... digital compositor
Julien Dias .... senior compositor
Stéphane Dufournier .... character modeler
Hasraf Dulull .... compositing supervisor
David Fourrage .... character modeler
Julien Frantz .... software developer
David François .... digital compositor
Anthony Fristot .... lighting artist
Laetitia Gabrielli .... lighting technical director
Aurélien Geenen .... animator
Pascal Giroux .... visual effects producer
Nelly Gonzalez .... digital compositor
Ronald Grauer .... digital effects artist
Laurent Herveic .... lead character modeler
Laurent Herveic .... lead character rigger
Marc Hutchings .... lead compositor: Ace Digital House
Ryan Hutchings .... compositor
Pablo Jouyaux .... layout artist
Bourdonnay Judikael .... lighting artist
Vincent Lemaire .... animator
Adrien Lourdelle .... pre-visualization technical artist: KFX
Thomas Mansencal .... lead character surfacing
Luc Martias .... digital compositor
Aurélien Martinou .... framechecker
Julien Meesters .... head of VFX studio
Shelly Morrow .... digital compositor
Catherine Nelson .... digital compositor
Jelmen Palsterman .... digital compositor
Vincent Papaix .... senior digital compositor: Mikros Image
Guillaume Pondard .... visual effects
Simon Rafin .... digital compositor
Manuel Rais .... digital compositor
Gareth Repton .... compositor
Nicolas Rey .... pipeline cgi supervisor
David Rodrigues .... lighting artist
James Rose .... digital compositor
Francesco Rossi .... post-production effects
Dimitri Safarikas .... shading and lighting artist
Gourdal Sebastien .... lead lighting artist
Manuel Souillac .... CG supervisor: Mikros Image
Hebette Stanislas .... post-production effects
Rossi Sébastien .... visual effects
Raphael Thiery .... digital compositor
Raphael Thiery .... motion capture operator
Trauscht .... animator
Ivo Verbruggen .... digital compositor
Gerome Viavant .... digital compositor
Caroline Voglaire .... digital compositor
Thierry Bony .... stunt driver
Stéphane Boulay .... stunt coordinator
Jean-Jacques Domingues .... stunt driver
Vladimir Houbart .... stunt driver
Emilie Jumeaux .... stunt driver
David Masse .... stunt driver
Jean-Michel Mièle .... stunt driver
Laurent Mulot .... stunt driver
Laurent Prudhomme .... stunt driver
Christophe Roblin .... stunt driver
Camera and Electrical Department
Elodie Benguettat .... camera loader
Olivier Berquet .... gaffer
Franck-Norman Bihi .... electrician
Etienne Braun .... unit still photographer
Pascal Charlier .... grip
Thomas Collard .... first assistant camera
Pauline Coste .... first assistant camera
Georges Diane .... camera operator
Bertrand Etienne .... assistant camera
Luc Frisson .... first assistant camera
Helder Loureiro Alves Da Silva .... electrician
Thierry Ramanana .... grip
Jean-François Roqueplo .... key grip
Etienne Saldés .... grip
Cristiano Sergioli .... generator operator
Jessica Theis .... still photographer
Jo Vermaercke .... Steadicam operator
Animation Department
Julien Aubard .... animator
Nicolas Cazaux .... animator
Cyrille Martin .... animator
Michael Nauzin .... animator
Jean-Michel Trauscht .... animator
Casting Department
Florence Ayivi .... casting assistant
Youna De Peretti .... casting: children
Flaminia Lizzani .... additional casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Gaia Calderone .... wardrobe supervisor
Isabelle Mathieu .... assistant costume designer
Editorial Department
Marie Granel .... post-production assistant
Jean-Luc Simon .... assistant editor
Music Department
L'Estro Armonico .... musician (as l'Ensemble Estro Armonico)
Amélie de Chassey .... music supervisor
Edouard Dubois .... music consultant
Netty Glesener .... pianist
Guy Goethals .... first violin
Krishna Levy .... composer: additional music
Delphine Mathieu .... music supervisor
Christophe Simon .... music recording mixer
Transportation Department
Gaby Meyers .... facility/truck driver
Jim Schumann .... driver: Sophie Marceau
Other crew
Johanna Colboc .... location manager
Costanza Coldagelli .... production coordinator: Italy
Andrea Coppola .... location manager: Italy
Marie Courtel .... assistant location manager
Alexis Giraudeau .... location production assistant: France
Antonello Sammito .... production assistant
Karen Waks .... script supervisor
Enrico Gotti .... dedicatee
Stéphane Vacher .... dedicatee

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Ne te retourne pas" - France (original title)
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France:111 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Brazil:14 (DVD rating) | Germany:12 | Hong Kong:IIB | Portugal:M/16 | Singapore:M18 | Switzerland:14 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:14 (canton of Vaud)
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55 out of 70 people found the following review useful.
A Nutshell Review: Don't Look Back, 12 December 2009
Author: DICK STEEL from Singapore

Selected for competition in Cannes this year and the closing film at Singapore's French Film Festival, Don't Look Back is a rather straight-forward psychological drama starring two European actresses who would need no introduction in Monica Bellucci and Sophie Marceau playing the same role of Jeanne, or so it seems.

We're introduced to Sophie's version first, where she's attempting to write a novel after a series of successful non-fiction works, for the sole reason of revisiting her much forgotten, and likely repressed past. Despite her publisher's persuasion to abandon the idea because it's only to dig up some skeletons best left hidden, she forges forward and bit by bit discovers that she's starting to lose her mind, where furniture starts to be in places she no longer remembers, and family members start to look physically different, which of course is enough for anyone to freak out. And the icing of the cake, she morphs from French looking Sophie Marceau, to the Italian babe Monica Bellucci. Which is not a bad thing of course, considering one can morph into somebody less attractive or endowed even.

In the meantime, we're left to wonder if Jeanne (in whichever version) is starting to lose it, whether it could be an extreme and early onset of the Alzheimer's, as roads become unrecognizable, husbands become someone else, and scars disappear and reappear. It's an extreme case of severe identity crisis where one is thankful that it doesn't take the cop-out route and make everyone wake up from a bad nightmare.

It's an extremely well made psychological piece which explores the fear that comes with losing the things that we hold dear, and also the uncomfortable sense of being outside an established comfort zone, journeying into the big unknown, deducing what actually is happening, despite not knowing where to start, and the developing suspicion that everyone is in on the joke, except for yourself.

It's tough to compare who was the better Jeanne, because Sophie disappears for the most part from the second act onwards. Screen time shared by both actresses in the same frame is extremely limited as well, so we'd only get to savour one sold performance after another, turn-based. There's a proper explanation to everything that's happening, though one has to be patient in order to allow the narrative to reveal itself in due course. So meanwhile, accept what's presented, and try to piece together the jigsaw yourself.

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