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The Games of Countess Dolingen (1981)

Les jeux de la Comtesse Dolingen de Gratz (original title)
This complex and puzzling French drama walks the fine wavering line between the fictional and the very real as it tells the tale of a strangely erotic event in the life of a little girl and... See full summary »

Director:

Catherine Binet

Writers:

Catherine Binet, Bram Stoker (short story "Dracula's Guest") | 1 more credit »
2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

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Michael Lonsdale ... Bertrand Haines-Pearson
Carol Kane ... Louise Haines-Pearson
Katia Wastchenko Katia Wastchenko ... La petite fille
Marina Vlady ... La mère de la petite fille
Emmanuelle Riva ... Une invitée
Roberto Plate Roberto Plate ... Le voyageur / Le voleur / L'étranger
Marilu Marini Marilu Marini ... La comtesse Dolingen de Gratz / La bonne
Robert Stephens ... Le professeur
Marucha Bo Marucha Bo ... Nena
Antoine Binet Antoine Binet ... Le frère
Raoul Escari Raoul Escari ... Argentin 1
Tobie Schumer Tobie Schumer ... Argentin 2
Carine Toly Carine Toly ... La belle dame
Nathalie Goldnadel Nathalie Goldnadel ... La fille pubère
François Mouren-Provensal François Mouren-Provensal ... L'homme sur la plage
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Storyline

This complex and puzzling French drama walks the fine wavering line between the fictional and the very real as it tells the tale of a strangely erotic event in the life of a little girl and the musings of a schizophrenic woman. Also involved is an enigmatic spouse who prepares a surprise for a burglar. Written by Sandra Brennan, Rovi

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Genres:

Drama

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

24 March 1982 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

The Games of Countess Dolingen See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color
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In this eerie, atmospheric tale, a young woman is on a train when she sees some people she thinks she knows from her childhood. On arriving home, her husband tells her that a certain countess has died. At that point, the film cuts to a scene of the countess singing in a mausoleum while the visual image of the graveyard's many tombstones passes before one's eyes. Back home, the husband - also a "father-figure" - is looking over his collection of wooden angels. Some time elapses, and he surreptitiously sees a thief come down through the chimney, steal some things, and then leave. To combat any recurrence, he builds an iron, escape-proof cage around the fireplace, and then goes away on a trip. When he comes back, he finds the thief dead in the cage. Thus far, the camera has only shown the husband in profile or from the back. Then there is another story about a young girl, with a spiteful, nasty mother, who is trying to cope with her own attraction to a man. When she grows up, she either commits suicide or manages to leave the past behind her. Is this little girl the same married woman on the train at the beginning of the film? In the final, dramatic scenes, the viewers see the husband full-face for the first time, as he confronts his wife. - Eleanor Mannikka, All Movie Guide See more »

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