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The Napoleonic wars are just over. Octave is young and beautiful, and he loves his mistress, until he unintentionally witnesses her being unfaithful. First, despair; then decadence. Led by a friend, he becomes the perfect libertine, though this new life fails to satisfy his thirst of absolutes.

His father’s death brings him to the countryside, where he meets Brigitte, a young widow who lives in a nearby village with her aunt. Octave has found new love. Brigitte tries to resist at first, not willing to experience again the tortures of passion. But she eventually gives in to his passion.

Soon Octave is overcome by suspicion. Will this woman be true to him? Won’t every woman betray her love sooner or later, lie to her man, hurt him and defeat him. The suspicion that this feeling – this pure and perfect emotion Octave feels is the only thing that can save him from the ennui and despair that “the age” creates – might be an illusion.

After Brigitte’s aunt dies, the two lovers decide to take a trip abroad. They go to Paris to organize the trip. Brigitte exhausts herself trying to reassure Octave of her love, of the purity of her feelings. She succeeds and they celebrate their love – but never for long. Brigitte meets a friend from her past, young Smith. Octave can’t help it, the poison of suspicion creeps back up in his heart.
Genre Drama, Literature
Category Feature
Year of Production 2012
Director Sylvie Verheyde
Screenplay Sylvie Verheyde
Cinematography Nicolas Gaurin
Cast Charlotte Gainsbourg, Peter Doherty, August Diehl, Volker Bruch
Producers Bruno Berthemy, Alfred Hürmer, Peter Carlton
Production Company Les Films du Veyrier/Paris, in co-production with Integral Film/Berg, Warp Films Europe/London
Length 125 min
Format 35 mm, color, cs
Original Version
Subtitled Version French
Festivals Cannes 2012 (Un Certain Regard), Cambridge 2012
With backing from Rhône-Alpes Cinema, A.F.L.E (CNC), Mini-Traité Franco-Allemand, i2i Media, German Federal Film Fund, German Federal Film Board
German Distributor Farbfilm Verleih

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