Director: Jean-Paul Rappeneau
Screenplay: Jean-Paul Rappeneau and Patrick Modiano

Viviane : Isabelle Adjani
Beaufort : Gérard Depardieu
Camille : Virginie Ledoyen
Raoul : Yvan Attal
Frédéric : Grégori Derangère
Winckler : Peter Coyote

Best Promising Actor (Gregori Derangere), Best Cinematography,
Best Production Design, Cesar Awards (2004)

Running time: 114'
Year of production: France - 2003
Rating: PG-13 (some violence)
Gauge: 35mm, DVD (color)

Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics

“The film blurs the line between comedy and epic drama so adroitly that the two styles fuse into something quite original: a lyrical farce that pays homage to its period.” Stephen Holden, The New York Times
“… It [the film] never flags or looses its balance, and despite the theatricality of the staging and the acting, it’s precisely the materiality of cinema – the crowds on the street, the wooded road at night where the Nazis chase the French – that makes us devour it with pleasure.” David Denby, The New Yorker

Set in June 1940 when Germany invaded France, cabinet members, journalists, physicists, prisoners, and spies of all persuasions gather at the posh Hotel Splendide in Bordeaux to escape the Nazi occupation of Paris. In this sophisticated farce, murderous intrigues, scientific secrets and love affairs flourish, while elaborate personal schemes and political plots intersect. A young writer fresh out of prison, Frédéric, must choose between his first love, a beautiful diva named Viviane, and an impassioned young scientist, Camille. Camille is in Bordeaux to help Professor Kopolski hide important scientific papers from the Germans. Meanwhile, Jean-Etienne Beaufort, a French government official and Viviane’s lover, elaborates intricate schemes with the Germans. Alex Winckler, a German spy posing as an English journalist, mingles among this unlikely group of characters to gather vital information for the Nazis. In this multi-layered scenario and fast-paced production, Jean-Paul Rappeneau explores a pivotal and serious period from his youth – the turmoil that besieged France at the beginning of World War II. He does it with the same wit and humor that he used in A Matter of Resistance.

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