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Irma Vep ()


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

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Maggie Cheung
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René Vidal
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Zoé
Antoine Basler ...
Journalist
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Laure
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Desormeaux
Dominique Faysse ...
Maïté
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L'américaine
Bernard Nissile ...
Markus
Olivier Torres ...
Ferdinand / Moreno
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Mireille
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José Mirano
Jacques Fieschi ...
Roland
Estelle Larrivaz ...
La standardiste
Balthazar Clémenti ...
Robert, assistant
Lara Cowez ...
Script supervisor
Dominique Cuny ...
Grip
Jessica Doyle ...
Jessica, Roland's Friend
Sandra Faure ...
Vendeuse, sex-shop
Catherine Ferny ...
Policewoman
Maryel Ferraud ...
Make-up Woman
Filip Forgeau ...
Camera Operator
Valerie Guy ...
Valerie, in Mireille's apartment
Laurent Jacquet ...
Electrician
Philippe Landoulsi ...
Inspector
Smaïl Mekki ...
Kermor, unit manager
Maurice Najman ...
Maurice, Roland's Friend
Nicolas Giraudi ...
Directeur de la production
Yann Richard ...
Kevin
Jérôme Simonin ...
Property Man
Alexandra Yonnet ...
Lili, Markus's Friend
Pierre Amzallag ...
Emergency Doctor
Françoise Clavel ...
René's Wife
Françoise Guglielmi ...
Producer
Odile Horion ...
Zoë's Assistant
François-Renaud Labarthe ...
TV Cameraman
Alain Martin ...
Boy at Cafe Des Oiseaux
Guy-Patrick Sainderichin ...
TV Dignitary
Willy Martin ...
Bellboy

Directed by

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Olivier Assayas

Written by

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Olivier Assayas ... (written by)

Produced by

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Georges Benayoun ... producer
Françoise Guglielmi ... executive producer

Music by

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Philippe Richard
Philippe Richard ... (music by)

Cinematography by

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Eric Gautier

Film Editing by

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Luc Barnier

Editorial Department

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Tina Baz ... assistant editor
Nabila Daniault ... color timer
Raymond Terrentin ... color timer

Casting By

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Pierre Amzallag

Art Direction by

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François-Renaud Labarthe

Set Decoration by

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Yann Richard

Costume Design by

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Françoise Clavel

Makeup Department

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Isabelle Nyssen ... makeup artist
Nancy Tong ... makeup artist

Production Management

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Sylvie Barthet ... production manager
Eric Bassoff ... post-production manager
Ivan Fegyveres ... assistant unit manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Alice de Andrade ... assistant director
François-Renaud Labarthe ... assistant director
Jérôme Tardieu ... second assistant director (as Jerôme Tardieu)

Art Department

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Christophe Mercier ... location finder

Sound Department

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William Flageollet ... re-recording mixer
Laurent Lévy ... foley artist
Olivier Marlangeon ... foley artist
Marie-Christine Ratel ... sound editor
Philippe Richard ... sound engineer
Marie-Christine Ruh ... sound editor

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Grégoire Delage ... special effects
Olivier Zenenski ... special effects

Stunts

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Michel Julienne ... stunt consultant
Leslie Rain ... stunts

Camera and Electrical Department

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François Berroir ... gaffer
Jean-Luc Bezeau ... key grip
Xavier Cholet ... electrician
Stéphane Fontaine ... first assistant camera
Sophie Lemaire ... clapper loader / second assistant camera
Michel Michau ... electrician
Isabelle Weingarten ... still photographer

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Jessica Doyle ... costume designer: Irma Vep

Location Management

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Philippe Letode ... location scout

Other crew

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Dina Arbib ... assistant director
Edmée Doroszlai ... script supervisor

Thanks

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Claire Denis ... thanks
Christopher Doyle ... thanks
Stanley Kwan ... thanks

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Plot Summary

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 thoughts of Irma Vep to Maggie, who he hired because he too sees her as strong and sexy like the skin-tight latex clad Irma. And Maggie may take her research for the comic bookish character to an extreme. Written by Huggo

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Also Known As
  • Vampire (France)
  • Ирма Веп (Bulgaria, Bulgarian title)
  • Ирма Веп (Russia)
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  • 99 min
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Did You Know?

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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 »
Movie Connections Featured in Seventh Heaven (1997). See more »
Soundtracks Bonnie and Clyde See more »

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