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1959. Guilty of a double-murder, a man is beheaded. At the bottom of the basket that just welcomed it, the head of the dead man tells his story: everything was going so well. Admired priest... See full summary »

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Philippe Ramos

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Philippe Ramos (dialogue), Philippe Ramos (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Melvil Poupaud ... Le curé
Dominique Blanc ... Armance
Diane Rouxel ... Rose
Lise Lamétrie Lise Lamétrie ... Lisette
Jean-François Stévenin Jean-François Stévenin ... Le curé de Mantaille
J.P. 'Van Gogh' Bodet J.P. 'Van Gogh' Bodet ... Le facteur
Jacques Bonnaffé Jacques Bonnaffé ... Le grand-vicaire
Virginie Petit Virginie Petit ... Mademoiselle Desboine
Nathalie Tetrel Nathalie Tetrel ... Jacqueline la laitière
Vanina Delannoy Vanina Delannoy ... La cousine Solange
Anaïs Lesoil Anaïs Lesoil ... Odette
Isabelle Roux-Renard Isabelle Roux-Renard ... La grand-mère de Rose
Clair Renard Clair Renard ... L'automobiliste
Nicolas Rideau Nicolas Rideau ... Le gendarme au téléphone
Thierry Cretagne Thierry Cretagne ... Le gendarme
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1959. Guilty of a double-murder, a man is beheaded. At the bottom of the basket that just welcomed it, the head of the dead man tells his story: everything was going so well. Admired priest, magnificient lover, his earthly paradise seemed to have no end.

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

16 September 2015 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Vénus ouverte See more »

Filming Locations:

Valromey, France See more »

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trying too much.
30 May 2017 | by franbelle10See all my reviews

From a sordid story, the screenwriter elaborates an unlikely character: a third Don Juan cynic, a third St Jerome in the temptations of the desert, a third Mr. Hyde and Dr. Jekyll, all in a humorous and derisory tone . The fusion is not credible, and the historical figure that inspired this fiction was probably more a schizophrenic bipolar and obsessed than a cold and calculating cynic. The only probable character represented correctly in this film is the dichotomy, the contrast between the sacramental functions of the priest and his unregulated private life.

The filmmaker's point of view remains at the superficial level of a game, whereas one would like to have a true analysis of the psychiatric springs that may have led to the abomination described.


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