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English-language adaptation of Albert Cohen's epic Swiss tale of a tortured love affair between a high-ranking Jewish official and the protestant wife of one of his employees.

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Glenio Bonder

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Albert Cohen (novel), Glenio Bonder (screenplay) (co-writer) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Jonathan Rhys Meyers ... Solal
Natalia Vodianova ... Ariane
Ed Stoppard ... Adrien / Husband
Marianne Faithfull ... Mariette
Maria Bonnevie ... Isolde
Janine Horsburgh Janine Horsburgh ... Mrs. Deume
Leslie Woodhall Leslie Woodhall ... Mr. Deume
Jimmy de Brabant ... Sir John
Stefan Weinert ... Van Vries
Gilbert Johnston Gilbert Johnston ... Huxley
Claire Johnston ... Huxley's wife
André Arend van de Noord André Arend van de Noord ... Dietsch (as Andre van Noord)
Paulo dos Santos ... Peruvian delegate
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Casimiro Fernandes Casimiro Fernandes ... Party guest
Alex Freeman ... Danish Delegate
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Storyline

In Geneva in the 1930s; Solal and Ariane meets at a party. Their lives differ as day and night. Ariane is a young married aristocrate from a Protestant family from Geneva. Solal is a Jewish diplomat who rises from nothing to the second highest position in the League of Nations on the eve of the Second World War. Ariane is none other than the wife of his subordinate, Adrien. But they are carried away by their fervent love and must not only undergo the hostility of the rest of the world but also deal with their own problems. Solal is plagued by obsessive love and Ariane is swept away by a passionate and physical love. And Solal hides a dark part of his personality. But their love is based on fundamental understanding. He loves the thought of Ariane, she loves the reality of Solal. Written by lament

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Drama | Romance

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Language:

English

Release Date:

5 June 2013 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Apagorevmenos erotas See more »

Filming Locations:

Promenthoux, Switzerland See more »

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Budget:

€10,000,000 (estimated)
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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The riding-on-the-beach sequence has anachronisms: the riding-clothes are modern-day in style and look ''off-the-peg": the '30s breeches should have been flared,for a start,and the blazer-style riding-jackets look too modern.Even the classy Friesian horses, supposedly being hired hacks brought to the hotel for the lovers' canter by the sea, don't fit a period setting. Maybe the producers couldn't afford the extra costs of getting the period-detail right: a pity. See more »

Goofs

Solal and Ariane attend a concert in Italy in 1937, at which Charles Ives' "The Unanswered Question" (which is also heard throughout the film's soundtrack) is performed. This work was not performed until 1946, in the USA. See more »

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[from trailer]
Solal: I am the master of my destiny.
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Excellent scenery
11 April 2014 | by straemmieSee all my reviews

Outstanding scenery in Italy and Switzerland, international struggle during WWII, human fragility, human struggle, conflict on issues and the directives from the League of Nations from a Jewish point of view. This is also the first time Natalia Vodianova has combined her modeling career with acting, which is promising. I particularly enjoyed seeing European hotels and houses and the architecture of the settings. Solal portrays a troubled individual who appears to be looking for a way out, believing in his position he cannot change the rigidity of the LON. There is also the issue of the role of women during that time-frame and some of Ariana's struggles. Adapted from a book of the same name from a respected French novelist. I would certainly watch this again, you get the feeling there's pieces of the story that you're missing the first time watching


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