Production Company: Le Studio Canal +
Studio: Sony Pictures Classics
Cast: Catherine Deneuve as Marie Leblanc, Daniel Auteuil as Alex, Laurence Cote as Juliette Fontana, Benoit Magimel as Jimmy Fontana, Fabienne Babe as Mireille, Didier Bezace as Ivan, Julien Riviere as Justin, Ivan Desny as Victor, Regis Betoule as Regis, Pierre Perez as Fred, Naguime Bendidi as Nabil, Didier Raymond as Lucien, Jean-Louis Meunier as Chanteur, Eric Kreikenmayer as Adjoint Alex and Jean-Jacques Cravero as Travesti
Crew: Andre Techine (director and co-writer); Gilles Taurand and Michel Alexandre (co-writers); Alain Sarde (producer)
With the spectacular backdrop of early morning in the French Alps, 10-year old Justin (JULIEN RIVIÈRE) awakens to the sounds of his mother (FABIENNE BABE) grieving over the sudden death of his father Ivan (DIDIER BEZACE).
Ivan’s brother Alex, a brooding detective long estranged from his family, is compelled to investigate his brother’s murder.
Flashbacks reveal not only the circumstances surrounding the murder of Ivan, but also the detached, sex-driven relationship of Alex and Juliette (LAURENCE CÔTE). What begins as a series of frequent but disaffected hotel trysts soon becomes complicated by Alex’s unease over Juliette’s passionate love affair with her philosophy professor, Marie (CATHERINE DENEUVE). Intrigued and titillated by the sexual relationship with his rival for Juliette’s affections, Alex embarks on a journey to discover who Marie is and why she is so special to Juliette.
Juliette, feeling alone in the world except for her tough but solicitous brother, Jimmy (BENOÎT MAGIMEL), and wanted by the law in connection with an aborted heist, becomes increasingly depressed, acting out her anguish in repeated suicide attempts. When Jimmy springs her from a psychiatric hospital and takes her away to Marseilles for a new life, Alex and Marie both feel abandoned. They are drawn to one another, despite their innate differences of character and simmering jealousy, in a bond created by their respective feelings for Juliette.
Marie, a rational-minded and poised intellectual who has all along been puzzled by the strength of her emotions for Juliette, struggles with an almost maternal temptation to seek Juliette out, to rescue her, in fact, from what she fears her life will become.
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: France
Taglines: C’est important d’avoir un ennemi, c’est meme vital. (Don’t ask me)
Official Websites: www.sonyclassics.com
Release Dates: 1996
Genre: THRILLER / ACTION / CRIME