Status: ReleasedIMDb
Release date: 1997-10-29
Director: Philippe Haïm
Production Companies: Eurimages, Canal+
Production Countries: Belgium, France, Germany


Categories: Drama, Thriller
This French-German-Belgian thriller, reminiscent of Misery (1990) and The Collector (1965), begins after Fred Astaire-fan Clement (Jean Rochefort) invites comic-book artist Luc (Guillaume Canet) to Sunday dinner with Clement and his wife Violette. Luc's girlfriend Margot announces her pregnancy, prompting Luc to forget about the invitation, but Clement insists that Luc join him. After Luc arrives and sees that Violette is only a life-size plastic doll, he decides to leave but gets clobbered on the head. Awakening, he finds he's been handcuffed to the bathroom sink and gagged. Cruelties ensue, with crazed Clement getting visionary advice from both Astaire and Violette. Award-winning composer-arranger-orchestrator Philippe Haim made his feature directorial debut with this drama, and music is very much a part of the film from Haim's score and music-box melodies to tap dancing, honky-tonk piano, and a full musical comedy production number.



Guillaume Canet
as Luc
Jean Rochefort
as Monsieur Clément
Claire Keim
as Margot
Michel Scourneau
as Hallucination Clément
Rose Thiéry
as Concierge
Cécile Cotte
as Voisine repasseuse
Philippe Lefebvre
as Pierre
Karine Nuris
as Caroline
Marc-André Brunet
as Le chef des pompiers
Franck Stepler
as L'animateur télé
Mariame Kadi
as La chanteuse
Tonio Descanvelle
as Employé EDF
Katia Schuchman
as La voisine du rez-de-chaussée
Daniel Guthmann
as Pompier
Jochen Müller
as Pompier
Jean-Claude Thibaut Director of Photography

Philippe Haïm Director

Philippe Haïm Scenario Writer
Marie Krüger Scenario Writer
Nicolas Lartigue Scenario Writer
Patrick Olivier Meyer Scenario Writer

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