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A Flame in My Heart (1987)

Une flamme dans mon coeur (original title)
The painful ending of a love story binding an over-30-year-old woman and a North African, and the beginning and end of a relationship she also has with an "established" journalist she meets... See full summary »

Director:

Alain Tanner

Writers:

Myriam Mézières, Alain Tanner (adaptation)
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Complete credited cast:
Myriam Mézières Myriam Mézières ... Mercédès
Benoît Régent Benoît Régent ... Pierre
Azize Kabouche ... Johnny (as Aziz Kabouche)
André Marcon ... Etienne
Douglas Ireland Douglas Ireland ... L'ami américain
Jean-Gabriel Nordmann Jean-Gabriel Nordmann ... Le metteur en scène
Biana Biana ... L'accessoiriste
Jean-Yves Berteloot ... Le comédien
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The painful ending of a love story binding an over-30-year-old woman and a North African, and the beginning and end of a relationship she also has with an "established" journalist she meets in the subway. The stories illustrate the absolute claim of a woman who can only understand love in terms of life and death, an attitude that generally makes love appear dramatic, but at least burning and flickering, like the flame that glows in her heart. Written by jsanchez

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Quotes

Mercédès: Are you going to love me?
Pierre: I don't know. Maybe. We'll see. Yes, I think so. And you?
Mercédès: Oh, yes.
Pierre: How do you know?
Mercédès: Because you kissed me between my legs.
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Soundtracks

Partita for solo violin Nº 2 in D minor, BWV 1004
Composed by Johann Sebastian Bach
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Fascinating, creepy story of sexual compulsion
23 March 2000 | by aaron-71See all my reviews

I saw this virtually unreleased film in the U.S. at a film festival and was both moved and compelled by this strange story of a woman's disintegration into madness and sex addiction. There's never been a character study like this. Apparently, the director and the actress wrote the film based on their own passed relationship and the painful honesty that it dramatizes makes it difficult to watch at times. Audiences often dismissed it as just another French sex film, but it examines the often deep recesses of the human personality with unflinching realism.


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Official Sites:

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Country:

France | Switzerland

Language:

French

Release Date:

3 June 1987 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

A Flame in My Heart See more »

Filming Locations:

Cairo, Egypt See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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