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L'ombre du doute (1993)

Alexandrine, 12, is the only witness to a crime she can barely denounce. Yet, a few words will suffice to spread panic around her. Why is she bringing horrific charges against her father and then retracting?


Aline Issermann


Martine Fadier-Nisse (collaboration), Frédérique Gruyer (collaboration) | 3 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mireille Perrier Mireille Perrier ... Mother
Alain Bashung ... Father
Sandrine Blancke Sandrine Blancke ... Alexandrine
Emmanuelle Riva ... Grandmother
Michel Aumont ... Grandfather
Luis Issermann Luis Issermann ... Pierre
Roland Bertin Roland Bertin ... Judge
Dominique Lavanant ... Alexandrine's Teacher
Thierry Lhermitte ... Alexandrine's Lawyer
Jean-Pierre Sentier Jean-Pierre Sentier ... Maître Toussaint / l'avocat de Jean
Féodor Atkine ... Therapist
Isabelle Petit-Jacques Isabelle Petit-Jacques ... Therapist
Cynthia Gavas Cynthia Gavas ... BPM Inspector
Eric Franklin Eric Franklin ... BPM Inspector
Simon de La Brosse ... BPM Inspector


11-year-old Alexandrine lives in a wealthy and happy family. Little by little, we learn that she is anorexic, that her school results are deplorable and she is almost silent. She screams in silence, a terrifying shadow enters her room at night. She is overwhelmed by the horror: incest. Her mother, her friends, her grandparents don't want to know anything. It is obvious that this "kid" is fabricating. Everything would be called into question, their life would collapse. However, his French teacher encourages her to file a complaint. But she cannot go to the end and gives up the titanic fight. Then justice sets in motion to reveal the horrible secret. Written by Unifrance

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Nothing but praise...
2 July 2000 | by ajji-2See all my reviews

This film deals with the uncomfortable topic of incest, yet it is a credit to the director that he conveys the story with grace and subtlety. i saw this film with my wife in a semi-crowded room. most of the ladies and a few elderly men left the room early on, probably assuming that nudity and/or sex will follow onscreen (ours being a prudish and conservative nation). but they had underestimated the filmmakers. there is no explicitness, and yet u don't feel cheated, because of the style with which the film is shot. we have nothing but praise for this movie.

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20 October 1993 (France) See more »

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Shadow of a Doubt See more »

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2.35 : 1
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