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Young, wild poet Arthur Rimbaud and his mentor Paul Verlaine engage in a fierce, forbidden romance while feeling the effects of a hellish artistic lifestyle.

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Arthur Rimbaud
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Paul Verlaine
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Mathilde Maute
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Isabelle Rimbaud
Félicie Pasotti ...
Isabelle, as a child (as Felicie Pasotti Cabarbaye)
Nita Klein ...
Rimbaud's Mother
James Thierrée ...
Frederic (as James Thiérrée)
Emmanuelle Oppo ...
Vitalie
Denise Chalem ...
Mrs. Maute De Fleurville
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Mr. Maute De Fleurville
Christopher Thompson ...
Carjat
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Aicard
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Charles Cros
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The Judge
Mathias Jung ...
Andre
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Somalian Woman
Cheb Han ...
Djami
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Prostitute (uncredited)
Irmelin DiCaprio ...
Nun (uncredited)

Directed by

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Agnieszka Holland

Written by

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Christopher Hampton ... (screenplay)

Produced by

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Staffan Ahrenberg ... executive producer
Jean-Yves Asselin ... executive producer
Pascale Faubert ... executive producer
Philip Hinchcliffe ... co-producer
Jean-Pierre Ramsay-Levi ... producer (as Jean-Pierre Ramsay Levi)
Cat Villiers ... co-producer

Music by

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Jan A.P. Kaczmarek

Cinematography by

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Giorgos Arvanitis ... (as Yorgos Arvanitis)

Film Editing by

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Isabelle Lorente ... (as Isabel Lorente)

Editorial Department

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Patrick Crucy ... color timer
Anne-Florence Fabre ... assistant post-production supervisor
Julie Jouaffre ... assistant film editor
Michel Le François ... assistant film editor (as Michel LeFrançois)
Andre Nain ... color timer
Santiago Thévenet ... assistant film editor

Casting By

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Margot Capelier

Production Design by

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Dan Weil

Art Direction by

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Nathalie Buck

Set Decoration by

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Françoise Benoît-Fresco

Costume Design by

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Pierre-Yves Gayraud

Makeup Department

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Anny Arguedas ... hair stylist
Dany Beughin ... hair stylist
Esther De Goey ... hair stylist: Belgium
Michel Demonteix ... hair stylist
Diana Dreesen ... assistant makeup artist: Belgium
Bernard Floch ... makeup artist
Odile Fourquin ... key makeup artist
Sylvie Lorthiois ... makeup artist
Veerle Martens ... assistant makeup artist: Belgium
Jocelyne Millet ... key hair stylist
An Schiettekat ... hair stylist: Belgium

Production Management

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Martine Barraqué ... post-production supervisor
Christine De Jekel ... unit manager
Guy De Lombaert ... production manager: Belgium
Eric Jolly ... assistant unit manager
Françoise Piraud ... post-production supervisor

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Christophe Cheysson ... first assistant director
Serge De Closets ... assistant director
Julien Zidi ... assistant director
Fabrice Nordmann ... assistant director (uncredited)

Art Department

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Kasia Adamik ... storyboard artist (as Katarzyna Adamik)
Bernard Cinquin ... set painter
Jacky Courtin ... stand-by props
Yann Couvin ... swing gang
Alain Darthou ... assistant set decorator
Sven Derbaix ... set decorator: Belgium
Anne-Marie Duval ... assistant set decorator
Alain Fottorino ... leadman
Henri Frèrebeau ... construction coordinator
Julien Grisot ... assistant set decorator
Jean-Pierre Lemoine ... property master
Geert Loyens ... set decorator: Belgium
Bart Luypaert ... set decorator: Belgium

Sound Department

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Michel Boulen ... sound
Jocelyne Cartier-Stern ... post-synchronization editor (as Jocelyne Cartier)
François Groult ... post-synch and foley mixer / sound
Dominique Lacour ... boom operator
Marion Lorthioir ... post-synchronization
Alain Lévy ... boom operator: post-synch
Jacques Lévy ... post-synchronization
Laurent Lévy ... foley artist
Pascal Mazière ... foley artist
Laurent Quaglio ... sound
Bruno Tarrière ... re-recording mixer

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Anthony Gaillard ... special effects makeup
Christian Renaud ... special effects
Philippe Teissier ... special effects
Pierre-Olivier Thevenin ... special effects makeup
Guy Vanderplaetsen ... special effects (as Guy Vander)

Visual Effects by

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Marc Bellan ... digital artist
Laurent Borenstein ... computer graphics animator
Pascal Charpentier ... digital coordinator
Christian Guillon ... digital effects supervisor
Christophe Huchet ... digital operator
Joyce Menger ... digital operator
Frederic Moreau ... digital effects supervisor
Fred Place ... digital operator (as Frederic Place)
Paul Swendsen ... matte painter

Stunts

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Joëlle Baland ... stunts
Patrick Cauderlier ... stunt coordinator

Camera and Electrical Department

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Jean-Louis Angelini ... camera operator
Michel Bubola ... best boy electric
Willy Bulterys ... generator operator: Belgium
Didier Colin ... focus puller
Patrick de Ranter ... steadicam operator
Thierry Debove ... generator operator
Bruno Garny ... generator operator: Belgium
Etienne George ... still photographer
Jean-Pierre Goilard ... dolly grip
Bert Hamelinck ... electrician: Belgium (as Bert Haemelinck)
Christian Krithari ... electrician
Michel Michau ... electrician
Gérard Mienville ... key grip
Fabrice Moindrot ... assistant camera
Jean-Claude Neveu ... gaffer
Gilles Oeuvray ... electrician
Stéphane Rouillon ... grip
Jo Voets ... electrician: Belgium

Casting Department

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Marie-Sylvie Caillierez ... extras casting
Katia Meulemans ... extras casting: Belgium
Leen Verhelst ... extras casting: Belgium

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Safira Adam ... wardrobe assistant
Michèle Bouty ... wardrobe master
Lydie Charpentier ... wardrobe assistant
Françoise Dumoulin ... wardrobe assistant
Claudine Leliart ... wardrobe assistant: Belgium
Benjamin Lubet ... wardrobe assistant
Emanuelle Pelletier ... wardrobe assistant
Pascaline Van Heddegem ... wardrobe assistant: Belgium

Location Management

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Didier Carrel ... location manager
Marine Francou-Muller ... location scout
Hervé Gamondes ... location scout
Camille Lipmann ... location scout
Pierre Minot ... location scout
Elly Verduyckt ... assistant location manager: Belgium
Lieve Vyncke ... location manager: Belgium
Kalinka Weiler ... location scout (as Kalinka Weiller-Carrasco)
Patrick Boshart ... location scout (uncredited)
Fabien Pondevaux ... location scout (uncredited)

Music Department

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Marta Boberska ... soprano
Krzesimir Debski ... conductor / orchestrator
Jan A.P. Kaczmarek ... music producer
Tadeusz Karolak ... conductor
Rafal Paczkowski ... music recording & mixing
Krystyna Wydzga ... executive music producer
Zbigniew Zbrowski ... orchestra contractor (as Zbyszek Zbrowski)
Bogdan Liszka ... musician: oboe (uncredited)

Transportation Department

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Olivier Agredano ... driver
Paco Agredano ... driver
Daniel Argente ... driver

Other crew

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Emmanuelle Arias ... production assistant
Simona Benzakein ... unit publicist
Nicole Cobac ... production accountant
Patrick Figueras ... caterer: Les Traiteurs du Vern
Corinne Fournier ... production secretary
Frédéric Garson ... production assistant
Laurence Gaulupeau ... post-production accountant
Vernice Klier ... dialogue coach
Sylvie Martin ... financial supervisor
Carlos Moens ... animals and caravans
Frederic Moreau ... supervisor: titles and opticals
Stephane Moreno-Carpio ... production assistant
Frédéric Platey ... supervisor: titles and opticals
Marie Saby ... script supervisor
Mario Van Donnick ... production assistant: Belgium
Victor Glynn ... head of production (uncredited)
John Sivers ... corporate finance (uncredited) / finance director (uncredited)

Thanks

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Brigitte Brauner ... special thanks: Mairie de Paris
Patrick Millon ... thanks
Crew believed to be complete

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

In 1871, Paul Verlaine (1844-1896), an established poet, invites boy genius Arthur Rimbaud (1854-1891) to live with Paul and his young pregnant wife, Mathiltde, in her father's home in Paris. Rimbaud's uncouth behavior disrupts the household as well as the insular society of French poets, but Verlaine finds the youth invigorating. Stewed in absinthe and resentment, Verlaine abuses Mathiltde; he and Rimbaud become lovers and abandon her. There are reconciliations and partings with Mathiltde and partings and reconciliations with Rimbaud, until an 1873 incident with a pistol sends one of them to prison. Codas dramatize the poets' final meeting and last illnesses. Written by

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Taglines Touched by Genius. Cursed by Madness. Blinded by Love. See more »
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Also Known As
  • Rimbaud Verlaine (France)
  • Eclipse totale (France)
  • Die Affäre von Rimbaud und Verlaine (Germany)
  • Vidas al límite (Spain)
  • Les poètes maudits (Canada, French title)
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Runtime
  • 111 min
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Budget $8,000,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

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Trivia River Phoenix was originally attached to the project, but the part of Rimbaud went to Leonardo DiCaprio after Phoenix's death. See more »
Goofs In the Café Andre where the adult Isabelle Rimbaud meets with Paul Verlaine, the typeface on the window is clearly in Helvetica, a typeface that was not created until 1954. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in The American President/Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls/Kicking and Screaming/Carrington/Total Eclipse (1995). See more »
Soundtracks Arrival See more »
Quotes [last lines]
Arthur Rimbaud: I've found it. What? Eternity. It's the sun mingled with the sea.
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