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L'ennui (1998)

A philosophy teacher restless with the need to do something with his life meets a young woman suspected of driving an artist to his death. He finds the very simple Cecilia irritating but ... See full summary »

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Cédric Kahn

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Cédric Kahn (adaptation), Laurence Ferreira Barbosa (adaptation) | 1 more credit »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Charles Berling ... Martin
Sophie Guillemin ... Cécilia
Arielle Dombasle ... Sophie
Robert Kramer Robert Kramer ... Meyers
Alice Grey Alice Grey ... Cécilia's Mother
Maurice Antoni Maurice Antoni ... Cécilia's Father
Tom Ouedraogo Tom Ouedraogo ... Momo
Patrick Arrachequesne Patrick Arrachequesne ... Doctor
Mirtha Caputi Medeiros Mirtha Caputi Medeiros ... Meyers' concierge
Pierre Chevalier Pierre Chevalier ... University dean
Oury Milshtein Oury Milshtein ... Jean-Paul
Anne-Sophie Morillon Anne-Sophie Morillon ... Agnes
Marc Chouppart Marc Chouppart ... Ferdinand
Cécile Reigher Cécile Reigher ... Ferdinand's girlfriend
Antoine Beau Antoine Beau ... Pierre
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Storyline

A philosophy teacher restless with the need to do something with his life meets a young woman suspected of driving an artist to his death. He finds the very simple Cecilia irritating but develops a sexual rapport with her. Obsessed with the need to own and tormented by her inability to respond to him, he becomes increasingly violent in a quest he can't name - a quest that slowly begins to undermine his certainties. Written by L.H. Wong <lhw@sfs.org.sg>

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Romance | Drama

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Country:

France | Portugal

Language:

French

Release Date:

16 December 1998 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

O Tédio See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$14,064, 10 October 1999, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$36,666, 17 October 1999
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Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Quotes

Sophie: Abstinence is turning you sour; give it up.
Martin: I have.
Sophie: Really? Do I know her?
Martin: No, I met her in odd circumstances a few weeks ago.
Sophie: Really? You must be pleased.
Martin: You're quite wrong, I don't like her at all. She's totally uninteresting. I'm trying to get rid of her.
Sophie: Why? Is she ugly?
Martin: Not particularly.
Sophie: Is she stupid then?
Martin: No. Not at all. She never says anything stupid. It's complicated. She bores me. I have no contact with her. Or rather only physical contact.
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Identification to Berling's character
1 January 1999 | by DUBOSTgSee all my reviews

Based on the novel of Alberto Moravia, "L'Ennui" tells us the story of a philosphy teacher (Charles Berling) who, just separated from his wife, meets the young and buxom Cecilia, former model of a painter who died making love to her. As their relationship grows, we fall with Berling into despair (when he is unable to quit her even if he wants to) and even jealousy. The famous scholar cannot find relief in his knowledge, nor in his irritated former wife and is therefore condemned to wander alone, following this woman, directly out from a Renoir painting, he love and despise at the same time and his depiction is really living.


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