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La discrète (1990)

There is an author who has been dumped by his girlfriend and has no inspiration for a next novel. In an attempt to find a solution to both crises, he, along with his publisher friend, ... See full summary »

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Christian Vincent
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Fabrice Luchini ... Antoine
Judith Henry Judith Henry ... Catherine
Maurice Garrel ... Jean
Marie Bunel ... Solange
François Toumarkine François Toumarkine ... Manu
Brice Beaugier Brice Beaugier ... Solange's Friend
Yvette Petit Yvette Petit ... Baker's Wife
Nicole Félix Nicole Félix ... Monique
Olivier Achard Olivier Achard ... Customer
Serge Riaboukine Serge Riaboukine ... Cafe Waiter
Katia Popova Katia Popova ... Girl in Cafe
Amy Laviètes Amy Laviètes ... Ewa
Hélène Hardouin Hélène Hardouin ... Catherine's Friend
Marie Verdi Marie Verdi ... Woman in Restaurant
Pierre Gérald Pierre Gérald ... Scientist
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There is an author who has been dumped by his girlfriend and has no inspiration for a next novel. In an attempt to find a solution to both crises, he, along with his publisher friend, decides to seduce a young woman with the singular purpose of keeping a diary of the seduction and then dump her before publishing the book about it. Unfortunately he falls in love with her. Written by Neel V Kumar <neelvk@iname.com>

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Drama | Romance

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

21 November 1990 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

The Discreet See more »

Filming Locations:

Paris, France

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Gross USA:

$229,160
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Color (Eastmancolor)
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Connections

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in the company of men
14 November 2010 | by mjneu59See all my reviews

An egotistical writer is unexpectedly jilted by his girlfriend (before he has a chance to do the same to her), and in a moment of self-pity accepts a bizarre proposal from his publisher: seduce a woman at random, dump her at the moment of conquest, and keep a running diary (to be published afterward) of the entire affair. Not surprisingly, he finds himself at first annoyed, then intrigued, then attracted to his chosen victim, but what could have been just another variation of a sentimental romantic formula becomes, instead, a witty and often cynical portrait of male vanity and vulnerability. This is one of those rare examples of a near flawless script matched to a director able to maintain a genuine sense of style, without all the phony, flashy technical showmanship so popular with young filmmakers eager to make a quick impression. The finished film walks a fine line between the credible and the contrived without once missing a step, softening its already sharp (and sometimes savage) observations behind an understated, gently deprecating tone.


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