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La femme publique (1984)

An unexperienced young actress is invited to play a role in a film based on Dostoyevsky's 'The Possessed'. The film director, a Czech immigrant in Paris, takes over her life, and in a short... See full summary »

Director:

Andrzej Zulawski

Writers:

Dominique Garnier (scenario), Andrzej Zulawski (scenario) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Francis Huster ... Lucas Kessling
Valérie Kaprisky ... Ethel (as Valerie Kaprisky)
Lambert Wilson ... Milan Mliska
Patrick Bauchau ... Le père d'Ethel
Gisèle Pascal ... Gertrude
Roger Dumas ... André, le photographe
Diane Delor Diane Delor ... Elena Mliska
Jean-Paul Farré Jean-Paul Farré ... Pierre
Olivier Achard Olivier Achard ... Le premier assistant réalisateur
Yveline Ailhaud Yveline Ailhaud ... Rachel
Michel Albertini Michel Albertini ... Maurice
Marianne Basler Marianne Basler ... Une jeune anarchiste
Nathalie Bécue Nathalie Bécue ... L'habilleuse (as Nathalie Becue)
Lucas Belvaux ... François
René Bériard René Bériard ... Mgr Shlapas (as Rene Beriard)
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Storyline

An unexperienced young actress is invited to play a role in a film based on Dostoyevsky's 'The Possessed'. The film director, a Czech immigrant in Paris, takes over her life, and in a short time she is unable to draw the line between acting and reality. She winds up playing a real-life role posing as the dead wife of another Czech immigrant, who is manipulated by the filmmaker into commiting a political assasination. Written by Yuri German <blsidt1@imf.org>

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

16 May 1984 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

The Public Woman See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Sylvia Kristel was originally cast as Ethel, but scheduling conflicts with Mata Hari (1985) forced her to leave the movie. See more »

Alternate Versions

U.S. based video label Mondo Video selected this film as its debut release. Their 2008 DVD is the first to have English subtitles. Prior to this release, the film was only available officially in select European countries. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Druuna: Morbus Gravis (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

Grande messe en Ut' Mineur KV 427
Written by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (as W.A. Mozart)
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Awesome
9 June 2011 | by songey2002See all my reviews

This movie might confuse and frustrate viewers and rightly so, for it's lack of discernible plot elements and objectives, but rightly so because Throughout his career Zulawsky as director is more concerned with making his viewers go thru the raw emotions, sights and situations rather than drawing conclusions or tying plots.

The key in this film is that everything is experienced thru the point of view of Ethel - a stunning Valerie Kaprisky - we are limited to what she experiences and thinks, and it is a very emotionally charged view, one in which only the senses and guts can be trusted ... to an extent.

This might be obvious, but the film also deals with a lot about sexuality, there is a lot of sexual tension throughout the film, right from the title and the first images the main force driving the film is the associative and intuitive.

The production is very detailed, and impressive in the sense that is firmly supportive of the history, I have always found Zulawsky a superior director in his choice of locations, actors, misè-en-scene, etc.

Finally it has a bit of uneven pace, and in the end this movie is more a feast for the senses than an intellectual mystery.


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