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La pirate (1984)

With the help of a couple of her oddball friends, a woman takes her former lesbian lover to a hotel to convince her that their affair shouldn't end. After much shouting and some sex, things complicate when the lover's husband shows up.


Jacques Doillon


Jacques Doillon
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Complete credited cast:
Jane Birkin ... Alma
Maruschka Detmers ... Carole
Philippe Léotard ... N° 5-Pierre / Dedective
Andrew Birkin ... Andrew / Le mari d'Alma / Alma's husband
Laure Marsac ... La jeune fille / The young girl
Michael Stevens Michael Stevens ... Michael / Concierge de l'hôtel / Concierge of the hotel
Didier Chambragne Didier Chambragne ... Le coursier / Postman
Arsène Altmeyer Arsène Altmeyer ... Le taxi / The taxi (as Arsene Altmeyer)


Shortly after returning home one evening with her husband, Alma is visited by her one-time lesbian lover Carole. In the ensuing emotional torrent, Alma allows herself to be abducted by Carole and taken to a hotel, pursued by a young girl - an unnamed friend of Carole - and an eccentric bystander posing as a private detective. Before Alma and Carole can resolve their situation, Alma's husband Andrew appears on the scene and, in a mad frenzy, attempts to reclaim his wife. Written by lament

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Drama | Romance


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French | English

Release Date:

23 May 1984 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

A Pirata See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

F.L.F.,Tango Film,Lola Films See more »
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Technical Specs




Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Referenced in Crazy Moon (1987) See more »

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A saga of actors moving from taxis,hotels to a ship.
9 April 2007 | by FilmCriticLalitRaoSee all my reviews

Those who enjoy serious cinema (this is the way I describe the films I like to watch) and have some knowledge of filmmakers, are aware of the fact that Jacques Doillon is recognized as a tender, kind hearted filmmaker who specializes in poignant stories about children. This film proves that he has tried his hand at making off beat films too. "La Pirate" is one of those rare, off beat films which can only be made in France." The Pirate" is a film not about pirates as the title suggests but about people trouble by love. The sad thing is that one of these people is a married woman whose husband is giving her hell.Jane Birkin is nice as the victim whose situation is rather peculiar as she loves her husband too (played by her real life brother Andrew Birkin). Philippe Leotard is an enjoyable part of the film. He plays the detective hired by the uxorious husband. Many viewers who watched this film at Créteil Women film festival 2006 were quick to add that the Dutch star Marutschka Detmers was the real "point of attraction" of this film. This view was also shared by the leading lady Jane Birkin who said that she was enamored by her beauty.If you have lived in Paris, you would be able to recognize some of the places where "La Pirate" was shot. For ex-I had no trouble recognizing the road near "La Chapelle" station. In 2007 it is still the same as it was in this 1984 production.

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