7.0/10
1,396
18 user 23 critic

Brève traversée (2001)

Unrated | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 29 April 2002 (USA)
A young French man and an older English woman spend one night together on a ship.

Director:

Reviews
3 wins. See more awards »

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Sex Is Comedy (2002)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

A director struggles to film a difficult, intimate sex scene between two actors who happen to hate each other.

Director: Catherine Breillat
Stars: Anne Parillaud, Grégoire Colin, Roxane Mesquida
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.5/10 X  

A woman employs a gay man to spend four nights at her house to watch her when she's "unwatchable".

Director: Catherine Breillat
Stars: Amira Casar, Rocco Siffredi, Alexandre Belin
36 fillette (1988)
Romance | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A night in the life of a young woman who wishes to learn and experience more of life. The men she meets have as much to learn from her as they can offer her, or more.

Director: Catherine Breillat
Stars: Delphine Zentout, Etienne Chicot, Olivier Parnière
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

A stroke-afflicted filmmaker is manipulated by a notorious con man.

Director: Catherine Breillat
Stars: Isabelle Huppert, Kool Shen, Laurence Ursino
Fat Girl (2001)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Two sisters confront their sexual attitudes and experiences while on a family holiday.

Director: Catherine Breillat
Stars: Anaïs Reboux, Roxane Mesquida, Libero De Rienzo
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

Reluctantly, a sulky adolescent returns to her parents' house for yet another boring summer vacation, dabbling in desire and the art of desirability, eventually mixing reality with vision, caged fantasies with the fierce female sexuality.

Director: Catherine Breillat
Stars: Charlotte Alexandra, Hiram Keller, Rita Maiden
Romance (1999)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

Although deeply in love with her boyfriend - and indeed sleeping in the same bed with him - a schoolteacher cannot handle the almost complete lack of intimacy he will allow. Increasingly ... See full summary »

Director: Catherine Breillat
Stars: Caroline Ducey, Sagamore Stévenin, François Berléand
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

A middle-aged tough cop, Georges Deblache, is trying to help and protect a criminal, Manoni, that he has known since they were both young. He orders his younger colleague and friend, Didier... See full summary »

Director: Catherine Breillat
Stars: Claude Brasseur, Lio, Nils Tavernier
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Anatomy of a murder. Christophe has murdered Frédérique, his lover. He's in his 20s, an entrepreneur who likes to pick up chicks with his misogynist friend Philippe; she's in her 30s, a ... See full summary »

Director: Catherine Breillat
Stars: Isabelle Renauld, Francis Renaud, Laura Saglio
Dreng (2011)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

18-year old Christian has just graduated from high school. At his summer job he is seduced by the 36-year old single mother Sanne. Soon he is drawn into a world of sensuality and his ... See full summary »

Director: Peter Gantzler
Stars: Sebastian Jessen, Marie Louise Wille, Helle Merete Sørensen
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Secrets, rumors and betrayals surround the upcoming marriage between a young dissolute man and virtuous woman of the French aristocracy.

Director: Catherine Breillat
Stars: Asia Argento, Fu'ad Aït Aattou, Roxane Mesquida
Pingpong (2006)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

After his father's suicide, confused angsty 16 year old Paul goes to stay with his uncle's family. His uncle's wife is also unhappy with her life, so she and Paul have sex and only end up feeling even worse afterwards. Things get ugly.

Director: Matthias Luthardt
Stars: Sebastian Urzendowsky, Marion Mitterhammer, Clemens Berg
Edit

Cast

Cast overview:
Sarah Pratt ... Alice
Gilles Guillain ... Thomas
Marc Filipi ... Magicien
Laëtitia Lopez ... Assistante magicien
Marc Jablonski ... Cuisinier du self
Christelle Dacosta ... Douanier Français
Nicholas Hawtrey ... Vieil anglais
Franck Lemaitre ... Serveur de la boite
Philippe Quaisse ... Photographe
Jean-Claude Cavelier ... Serveur de la boite
Alexandre Le Balidec ... Douanier Français
Edit

Storyline

Desire for a subject that functions like a brief fling with no future as such, yet embellished by that very fact. Because something fleeting and futureless is not necessarrily pathetic or trivial. A brief crossing, perhaps an initiatory trip. Filming a guy's "first time", filming him like a girl. Gut level skin deep... Nostalgia for vast ocean liners, for places "beyond the law" where you can venture outside of life, safe within an interlude. Describing a passion while respecting classical tragedy's unity of time and place, setting the stage for the eternal play of Masculine/Feminine. A hot-blooded Latin temperatment versus an apparently cool English one. A ship - one night - Sudden intimacy between an Englishwoman whose complexion is frosted by bitterness and a teenager whose gaze glows like ardent coals. Written by Catherine Breillat

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

|

Release Date:

29 April 2002 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Brief Crossing  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Company Credits

Show more on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.70 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Quotes

Alice: With you lot, it's all or nothing. You either wake up triumphantly, or you go back to sleep instantly. It's bestial.
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Two ships passing in the night
15 January 2005 | by See all my reviews

"Brief Crossing" is all about a 30 something woman and a 16 year old boy who meet during a ferry journey across the English channel. As the ferry takes us from La Havre to Portsmouth, the characters meet, shop, drink, dance, have sex, and ultimately part at their destination. Superficially, "Brief Crossing" is not much of a film. It has marginal production value, a cast of two, and a meager story. However, as a relationship film it is finely nuanced with a very natural ebb and flow of conversation, body language, evinced emotion, and human interaction. Not for everyone, this worthy addition to auteur Breillat's resume will be most appreciated by French film devotees. (B-)


7 of 11 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 18 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page