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Seventh Heaven (1997)

Le septième ciel (original title)
The slightly kleptomanic 29-year-old Mathilde is experiencing strange swoonings since a few days. There she encounters a mysterious doctor who treats her with hypnosis therapy. As she gets ... See full summary »

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Benoît Jacquot
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sandrine Kiberlain ... Mathilde
Vincent Lindon ... Nico
François Berléand ... Le docteur
Francine Bergé Francine Bergé ... La mère de Mathilde
Pierre Cassignard Pierre Cassignard ... Etienne
Philippe Magnan Philippe Magnan ... Le praticien
Florence Loiret Caille ... Chloé (as Florence Loiret)
Léo Le Bevillon Léo Le Bevillon ... Arthur
Sylvie Loeillet Sylvie Loeillet ... Assistante de Nico
Anne Fassio Anne Fassio
Pascale Mariani Pascale Mariani
Geoffrey Bateman Geoffrey Bateman
Louis Lindon Louis Lindon
Jean-Claude Barban Jean-Claude Barban
Eriq Ebouaney
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The slightly kleptomanic 29-year-old Mathilde is experiencing strange swoonings since a few days. There she encounters a mysterious doctor who treats her with hypnosis therapy. As she gets better her husband Nico does not. He even has problems recognizing his wife, especially when she has an orgasm while in bed with him. So he also goes to a psychiatrist, but the therapy does not seem to work... Written by Marco Radke <ds@serve.com>

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Official Sites:

Zeitgeist Films

Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

31 July 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Seventh Heaven See more »

Filming Locations:

Paris, France

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$68,108, 2 October 1998

Gross USA:

$69,514, 18 October 1998
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Challenging but Worth It (I think!)
25 July 2003 | by Wryter47See all my reviews

Seventh Heaven seems to be a "snapshot" of a married relationship that has reached a development stage that neither husband nor wife fully understands. Married for awhile, a son of 6 or 7, a nanny, a nice apartment; he's a surgeon and she's a lawyer/notaire, no apparent money problems. To my mind, what's occurring is partly stagnation and partly depression. There are at least two key factors: 1) The wife is experiencing largely psychosomatic fainting spells, often related to her low-level but historic kleptomania, and 2) The husband is not exactly losing interest but confused over her malady. She winds up seeing a man she literally runs into, who turns out to be a hypnotist; a result is both apparent cessation of her thieving as well as the achievement of the ability to experience orgasm, apparently for the first time in her life. Up until that point in their sex life, the husband has satisfied himself as the wife lies quietly, telling him "not to worry, I just don't get there." Then in her "new life" they're making love and she has an orgasm that she obviously enjoys and in which she wants to include him, but it scares him to death and affects both his desire and performance -- perhaps not untypically for many men. In the end, after much to-ing and fro-ing, they begin to see the changes as being positive; he through conversation with both a fellow doc at his hospital and with another hypnotist that he is unable to relate to. The resolution phase is, to me, fraught with a lot of significant messages that are both non-verbal and hard to "catch" as the movie moves on, but the denouement seems to click. I want to say I wish the film had been more explicit, but that's probably exactly the reason it's so good. It's worth a shot.


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