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Year: 2005 
Running Time:
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 (XWide) 
Certificate: BBFC 15 Cert – Not suitable for under 15s 
Subtitles: It is expected that this film is fully subtitled. 
Directed by Unknown 
Starring: Unknown  
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Director: Dominik Moll

Starring: Charlotte Gainsbourg, Charlotte Rampling, Laurent Lucas, Andre Dussollier

From the director of Harry He's Here To Help (Dominik Moll) comes this quirky, stylish new drama starring two Charlottes - Gainsborough and Rampling as the respective wives of young inventor Alain (Laurent Lucas) and his boss, the cheating CEO of an electronics company, Richard (Andre Dussollier). Bénédicte and Alain Getty are a young modern couple living in the suburbs of Toulouse, France. They have just settled in, and Bénédicte is still unemployed, while Alain works for Richard designing a revolutionary "flying web-cam" prototype. One night, Alain and Bénédicte invite Richard and his wife Alice, over to dinner. It's then that the film turns a little darker.

Alice acts oddly from the very beginning, and then violently disrupts the dinner, forcing Richard and her to leave the house in a rush. A few hours earlier, Alain had found what happened to be a half-dead lemming, stuck in the kitchen sink pipe. The next day, Alice, pretending to look for her husband, visits Alain in his office, and, after having told him she wants her husband dead on the account that he once tried to murder her, openly seduces Alain. Alain doesn't really try to resist her...until he finally does.

A few days later, Alice comes back to the Getty's house to apologise to Bénédicte about the dinner, but also telling her what almost happened with Alain. Bénédicte tries to ignore what she just heard and lets her have a rest in their spare bedroom. In the evening, when Alain comes back home from work, Alice is still sleeping. But when she wakes up, she gets in a sudden rage, locks herself up in the room and commits suicide. From this moment on, nothing will be the same for anyone, especially Bénédicte who stumbles down a crazed path.

This film is full of drama, drastic measures, crazy ideas and many unforeseen turns…but that's for you to find out.

Victoria Galloway

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Screenings of this film:

2006/2007 Autumn Term (35mm)