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Lemming (2005)

Not Rated | | Drama, Mystery, Thriller | 11 May 2005 (France)
After developing a flying web-cam Alain has his boss and wife over for dinner. She turns up to be very rude, and the same night Alain finds a live rare Scandinavian lemming clogging up the kitchen sink. The night things start going wrong.

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Dominik Moll
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Cast

Credited cast:
Laurent Lucas ... Alain Getty
Charlotte Gainsbourg ... Bénédicte Getty
Charlotte Rampling ... Alice Pollock
André Dussollier ... Richard Pollock
Jacques Bonnaffé ... Nicolas Chevalier
Véronique Affholder Véronique Affholder ... Francine
Michel Cassagne Michel Cassagne ... Le vétérinaire
Florence Desille Florence Desille ... L'infirmière
Emmanuel Gayet Emmanuel Gayet ... Le médecin de garde
Félix Gonzales Félix Gonzales ... Félix, le fils du voisin
Nicolas Jouhet Nicolas Jouhet ... L'employé des eaux
Fabrice Robert Fabrice Robert ... Bruno
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Natacha Boussaa Natacha Boussaa ... Une call-girl
Luc Thelliez Luc Thelliez ... Getty's Neighbour (Felix' Father)
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Storyline

The automation engineer Alain Getty and his beloved wife Bénédicte have just moved to the suburb of Bel-Air. Alain has developed the prototype of a flying web-cam for Pollock S.A., a high-tech company. After a successful presentation of his project to their clients, Alain invites his boss Richard Pollock and his wife Alice for dinner at his home. The couple arrives late, and Alice is extremely rude, insulting her husband and the young couple, and forcing Richard to leave the house earlier. During the night, Alain finds a rare Scandinavian lemming stuck in the siphon of the sink in the kitchen. On the next night, Alice unsuccessfully tries to seduce Alain after-hours in the laboratory of the company. On the next afternoon, she visits Bénédicte to apologize her behavior and cynically tells her sexual harassment to her husband. Then she locks herself in a room and commits suicide. On the next days, Bénédicte changes her behavior and relationship with Alain, seeming to be possessed by ... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

11 May 2005 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Leming See more »

Filming Locations:

Midi-Pyrénées, France See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,310, 21 May 2006

Gross USA:

$81,698

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$793,604
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DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Visa d'exploitation en France : #109218 See more »

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Referenced in Micmacs (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

The Lounge Is All Right
Performed by Philippe Ours (piano, trumpet)
Malik Fettis (saxophone)
Alex Zanotti (drums)
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not Hitchcockian, Lewtonesque!
30 October 2006 | by matthewglassonSee all my reviews

I saw this film today and thought it was beautifully constructed with layers of metaphor and 'reality' that one can choose to attend to at will. I don't think the film was Hitchcockian - the pace was much more leisurely and atmospheric than most Hitchcock or American films. However, if there is any point of comparison, i would say it is with Val Lewton, who seemingly loved making stories about the supernatural aspects of human relationships (and the screeching train reminded me of the braking bus in 'Cat People'). By the end of 'Lemming' i totally accepted the bizarre rationality implied as an explanation for the whole thing - those actors and Moll made me believe it.


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