Director: Lucile Hadzihalilovic
Screenwriter: Lucile Hadzihalilovic
Based upon: novela by Frank Wedekind
Starring: Alisson Lalieux, Ana Palomo-Diaz, Astrid Homme, Bérangère Haubruge, Hélène Fougerolles, Joséphine Van Wambeke, Léa Bridarolli, Marion Cotillard, Olga Peytavi-Müller, Zoé Auclair
Genre: Drama, Mystery
MPAA Rating: France: n/a, US: n/a, UK: n/a
Filming Dates: 2003
Filming Locations: n/a
Theatrical Release: France: 12 Jan 2005, US: 21 Oct 2005, UK: 30 Sep 2005
DVD Release: France: n/a, US: n/a, UK: n/a
Somewhere in a forest there is a school.
Here, isolated from the rest of the world, young girls learn to dance and about natural science.
Marion Cotillard plays one of the teachers, Mademoiselle Eva. We know absolutely nothing about her and her actions or dialogue don’t give us a clue either – e.g. she just starts crying one night. Surprisingly, she is still believable. But then, many things in the film are – it’s only when you want to get them into the fuller picture that you realize how lost you are.
• Director Lucile Hadzihalilovic chose Marion Cotillard and Hélène Fougerolles for the adult parts because she thought they looked like modern young women and yet both had a classic look about them, a bit like from another time, which corresponded well with the universe of the film. She also wanted them to be very pretty and feminine.
• Was shown at many Film Festivals: in Toronoto & London in 2004 and in 2005 in Adelaide, Hamburg, Istanbul, Karlovy Vary, Helsinki, Rio de Janeiro, Chicago, Mexico City and Wisconsin amongst others.
• Won Best Film at the San Sebastian Film Festival.
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Awards & Nominations
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