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Lemming (2005)

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 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:

$603,392 (France), 20 May 2005

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,310, 21 May 2006, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$81,612, 10 September 2006
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Color

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1.85 : 1
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The film opened the 2005 Cannes Film Festival. See more »

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Engaging and Intriguing Surrealistic Thriller
18 November 2007 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

The automation engineer Alain Getty (Laurent Lucas) and his beloved wife Bénédicte (Charlotte Gainsbourg) 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 (André Dussollier) and his wife Alice (Charlotte Rampling) 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 Alice.

"Lemming" is an engaging and intriguing surrealistic thriller. The screenplay follows the school of David Lynch, with a mysterious metamorphosis of Bénédicte into Alice, at least in her behavior. The development of the original and suspenseful plot is fantastic, making impossible to guess what is exactly happening. The beauties of Charlotte Rampling, with almost sixty years old, and Charlotte Gainsbourg are impressive, and the seduction of Alice is an extremely sexy, erotic and beautiful scene. "Lemming" was a great surprise for me and I highly recommend this film for viewers that aim to see a challenging movie where it is impossible to find what is daydream or reality. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "Lemming, Instinto Animal" ("Lemming, Animal Instinct")


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