Shane and June Brown, an American couple, honeymooning in Paris in an effort to nurture their new life together, a life complicated by Shane's mysterious and frequent visits to a medical clinic participating in cutting-edge studies of the human libido. When Shane seeks out a self-exiled expert in the field, he happens upon the doctor's wife, another victim of the same malady. She has become so dangerous and emotionally paralyzed by her condition that her husband locks her up in the home. It is Shane's chance encounter with this woman that triggers an event so cataclysmic and shocking that it just might lead him to rediscover the tranquility he seeks to restore for himself and his new bride.
CAST & CREW
Georges Benayoun, Philippe Liégeois, Jean-Michel Rey
Claire Denis, Jean-Pol Fargeau
Director of Photography
Arnaud de Moleron
Vincent Gallo, Tricia Vessey, Béatrice Dalle, Alex Descas, Florence Loiret Caille, Nicolas Duvauchelle, Raphaël Neal, José Garcia, Hélène Lapiower, Marilu Marini, Aurore Clément
Arte Canal+, CNC, Dacia Films, Kinetique Messaouda Films, Rézo Films, ZDF, Arte France Cinéma
Born 1948, Paris. Claire Denis is a Paris-based filmmaker and one of the major artistic voices of contemporary French cinema. Born in Paris, she spent her childhood and formative years traveling across Africa. It was the wish of her father, a colonial administrator, to teach his children the importance of geography. This experience underlies her interest in national identity and the legacy of French colonialism. After a disappointment in studying economics, Claire Denis enrolled in the Institut des Hautes Études Cinématographiques (now École Nationale Supérieure des Métiers de l'Image et du Son) where she graduated in 1971. At the beginning of her film career, she worked as assistant director to Dušan Makavejev, Costa Gavras, Jacques Rivette, Jim Jarmusch and Wim Wenders. Claire Denis made her directorial and screenwriting debut in 1988 with Chocolat, a lush exploration of colonial life and emotional conflicts West Africa of the 1950s, viewed through the eyes of a young French girl. The film, inspired by Denis’ own experiences in Africa, proved to be a very auspicious debut – screened at Cannes the same year and earned both a Golden Palm nomination and a César nomination for Best New Director. Later Clair Denis in fact became one of the best directors of modern French cinema.
Chocolate (1988), Man No Run (1989); S'en fout la mort (1990); Keep It for Yourself (1991); Contre l'oubli (segment Pour Ushani Ahmed Mahmoud, Sudan, 1991); Boom-Boom (1994), J'ai pas sommeil (1994); À propos de Nice, la suite (segment Nice, Very Nice, 1995); Nenette and Boni (1996); Good Work (1999); Trouble Every Day (2001); Friday Night (2002); Ten Minutes Older: The Cello (segment Vers Nancy, 2002); L’Intrus/The Intruder (2004); Vers Mathilde (2005) 35 Shots of Rum (2008); White Material (2009)