7.0/10
4,442
39 user 51 critic

Irma Vep (1996)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama | 30 April 1997 (USA)
Trailer
1:22 | Trailer

On Disc

at Amazon

A Chinese movie actress, in France to star in a remake of "Les Vampires", finds petty intrigues and clashing egos on the set.

Director:

Olivier Assayas

Writer:

Olivier Assayas
Reviews
2 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Clean I (2004)
Drama | Music | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

After she ends up in prison and loses custody of her son, a woman struggles to assimilate outside her former life and remain clean long enough to regain custody of her son.

Director: Olivier Assayas
Stars: Maggie Cheung, Nick Nolte, Béatrice Dalle
L'eau froide (1994)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

When the girl of a rebelious teenage couple finds out she is being sent away, they both believe escaping the rigid order suffocating them is the only way to be free. But is it?

Director: Olivier Assayas
Stars: Virginie Ledoyen, Cyprien Fouquet, László Szabó
Demonlover (2002)
Thriller | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Two corporations compete for illicit 3D manga pornography, sending spies to infiltrate each other's operations.

Director: Olivier Assayas
Stars: Connie Nielsen, Gina Gershon, Chloë Sevigny
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A story about the transition from late youth to early maturity, the film follows several friends and lovers as they come to make decisions on how to live their lives--getting a job more in ... See full summary »

Director: Olivier Assayas
Stars: Mathieu Amalric, Virginie Ledoyen, François Cluzet
A New Life (1993)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Tina is a young warehousewoman in a supermarket. She is in love with Fred but still lives at her mother Nadine's. When Nadine dies, Tina looks for meeting her father Ludovic, who she never ... See full summary »

Director: Olivier Assayas
Stars: Sophie Aubry, Judith Godrèche, Bernard Giraudeau
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Adrien is 19 years old. He has not met his father, Clément for 4 years. Adrien returns home and the two try to better understand each other. Clément lives together with Louis, a ... See full synopsis »

Director: Olivier Assayas
Stars: Judith Godrèche, Jean-Pierre Léaud, Thomas Langmann
Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Director: Jay Rosenblatt
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A filmmaker's inquiry into transcendence becomes a three-hour trip across countries and cultures, interconnecting people, places and times. From Toronto, the scene of his childhood, Peter ... See full summary »

Director: Peter Mettler
Stars: Govinda, Peter Mettler, Rani Mukerji
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Jan and Marek used to study physics together but after graduation their paths were different. Jan got married and moved to the countryside. Marek stayed in Warsaw and now wants to persuade Jan to follow his path.

Director: Krzysztof Zanussi
Stars: Barbara Wrzesinska, Jan Myslowicz, Andrzej Zarnecki
Cilaos (2016)
Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

To keep a promise made to her dying mother, a young woman goes off in search of her father, a womanizer she has never met. Along the way, she soon learns that he is dead. But that doesn't change her plans - she still intends to find him.

Director: Camilo Restrepo
Stars: David Abrousse, Harry Perigone, Christine Salem
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Maggie Cheung ... Maggie Cheung
Jean-Pierre Léaud ... René Vidal
Nathalie Richard ... Zoé
Antoine Basler Antoine Basler ... Journalist
Nathalie Boutefeu ... Laure
Alex Descas ... Desormeaux
Dominique Faysse Dominique Faysse ... Maïté
Arsinée Khanjian ... L'américaine
Bernard Nissile Bernard Nissile ... Markus
Olivier Torres Olivier Torres ... Ferdinand / Moreno
Bulle Ogier ... Mireille
Lou Castel ... José Mirano
Jacques Fieschi Jacques Fieschi ... Roland
Estelle Larrivaz Estelle Larrivaz ... La standardiste
Balthazar Clémenti Balthazar Clémenti ... Robert, assistant
Edit

Storyline

French filmmaker René Vidal was once a renowned director, but most see his career on a quick downward slide based on his last several films. In Paris, he is just starting to film his latest movie, a remake of Les vampires (1915), and has hired Hong Kong based Chinese actress Maggie Cheung as the title lead, "Irma Vep" (an anagram for "vampire"), despite she knowing no French and she not being an obvious choice to most. Maggie has never worked with Vidal before and knows little about his movies, but many of his primarily French crew are part of his regular stable. As such, Maggie may become isolated among the cast and crew, unless there are those who bring her into their English conversations, they who may have somewhat ulterior motives in doing so. There are also factions within the cast and crew, who, based on their history, have a poisoned sense of what is going on. With Vidal, he is dealing with some personal issues while he tries to regain his film making form. He may transfer his... Written by Huggo

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

France

Language:

French | English

Release Date:

30 April 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ирма Веп See more »

Edit

Box Office

Gross USA:

$191,164, 10 August 1997
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Dacia Films,Canal+ See more »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Black and White (movie extracts)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The title is the anagram of "vampire". See more »

Goofs

When Jose drinks his beer at the restaurant, he finishes it off. But then in the next shot he refinishes the same beer before the waiter brings him a new one. See more »

Connections

Spun-off from Les vampires (1915) See more »

Soundtracks

Soukora
Written by Ali Farka Touré
Performed by Ali Farka Touré and Ry Cooder
Courtesy of Hannibal Records, a Rykodisc Label and World Circuit Ltd
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Palatable, but the best things about it is Maggie
6 May 1999 | by HaN-hAnSee all my reviews

Pretty much average. Except for Maggie. The movie tries to tell us of the pretensions that the French movies have but falls its self prey to the illness that the script attributes to French cinema: boringness and a desire to intellectualism. I don't think the movie really achieves in making its point. If anything, it doesn't have the wide appeal that it says French movies should have. On the other hand, the movie isn't all that bad. In fact, Maggie looks absolutely fabulous, having a natural look that she doesn't have in HK movies, and she seems to revel in the very realistic banter that goes on between her costume designer and herself.

Did I mention that Maggie looks fabulous?


4 of 6 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 39 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Trending Movies With Prime Video

Enjoy a night in with these popular movies available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed