Comment je me suis disputé… (ma vie sexuelle) (1996)

My Sex Life...or How I Got Into an Argument (English Title)
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Filming Dates: 1995
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Theatrical Release: France: 12 Jun 1996, US: 17 Sep 1997, UK: 8 Aug 1997
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Paul Deladus is 29. He’s an assistant professor at a Paris university. Paul became a teacher only reluctantly. He yearns to quit this “temporary” job, but can’t bring himself to. Consequently, he hasn’t finished his doctorate which would make him a full professor. In this way, with his modest earnings, he lives a half-life, waiting to begin what he might call “his life as a man”.

Marion Cotillard

Marion Cotillard plays a student of one of Paul’s friends, whom he meets by chance when they both bring their cars to the same mechanic. A (very short) affair follows and her beauty and humanity – his words – inspire in him belief in the trinity and the holy spirit especially and he is set on a career as priest.


• Director Arnaud Desplechin originally wanted to name the movie “Comment je me suis disputé avec Éric Barbier” (How I Got Into An Argument With Eric Barbier), as a dig at former colleague Eric Barbier, also the basis for movie character Frédéric Rabier. A justice decision prevented him from using the full title, hence the ellipsis and the added subtitle.
• Was shown at Film Festivals in Cannes and New York

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• Extrordinary! The relationship film to end relationship films! Vogue
• … Funny, profound, moving and filled with memorable performances. New York Post
• One of the best and smartest French comedies in several years. Chicago Tribune

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