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africa based on novel or book nationalism magic colony diplomat goddess european mysterious


Release Date: October 22, 1982

Year    :   1982
Slogan    :   «Words usually come too late»
Genres    :   Drama, Romance
Production Companies    :   TF1 Films Production, TSR, Les Productions Audiovisuelles
Director    :   Daniel Schmid
Producers    :   Roland Thénot, Marcel Hoehn, Pierre Héros, Hans-Ulrich Jordi, Bernard Lorain, Bernard Lorain
Writers    :   Pascal Jardin, Daniel Schmid
RunTime    :   105 mins.

Set amid the European community in an unspecified North African country, a colony on the verge of nationalism just before the war. And colonized is what happens to a French diplomat, Julien Rochelle, when he meets the mysterious beauty Clothilde de Watteville. Schmid 's favorite axiom, that love is projection, never had such a thorough airing. Is Clothilde really the wife of a French official now holed up in Siberia? Or is she Hecate, goddess of black magic and devourer of the Arab boys she meets far from the European quarter? Only our projections know for sure; for the rest, she is a "woman looking out into the night." Drawn from a novel by Paul Morand, who based the main character on his wife Helene, Schmid's film achieves an atmosphere of magic in which psychological credibility is not so much absent as irrelevant-a film that distances itself from the drama it invokes, perhaps as the elusive Clothilde turns her back on the madness she provokes.

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