© Europa Corp / Macassar / Scope
© Europa Corp / Macassar / Scope
Feature Film | 2017-2018 | psycho thriller | Belgium, France

Shooting data

Start of shooting23/01/2017
End of shooting10/03/2017
LocationsParis, Lyon et Annecy (France)

Project data

Length of movie102 Min.
Picture formatCinemascope (1 : 2,39)

Brief synopsis

When an elderly writer dies in his bathtub one night, only a single person knows the secret existence of his last manuscript: Bertrand, a young man who is also accidental witness to the writer’s death. Bertrand has the deceased’s last play performed under his own name and is intoxicated by its success. But the world is soon eager for another work from this supposed young literary genius. In the midst of his attempts to put a new creation to paper, Bertrand encounters an attractive but mysterious woman named Eva. To him, she is much more than merely a high-class prostitute, and their conversations flow directly into the dialogue of his new play. But he finds it impossible to penetrate Eva’s emotional armour. Nobody must know what really drives her – least of all this arrogant upstart, whose sexual dependency she exploits but whom she certainly does not trust. Bertrand becomes ensnared in an emotional entrapment that leads to catastrophe.
More than fifty years after Joseph Losey, Benoit Jacquot has revisited British writer James Hadley Chase’s novel in order to create his own cinematic adaptation: a conversation piece that plumbs the moral depths of the world of the rich and the beautiful.

(source: Berlinale)


ActorRole nameVoice actor / SpeakerVoice actor
Isabelle HuppertEva [L]
Gaspard UllielBertrand Valade [L]
Julia RoyCaroline [SR]
Marc BarbéGeorges Marlin [SR]
Richard BerryRégis Grant [SR]


1st ADAntoine Santana
Director of photographyJulien Hirsch
1st assistant cameraRaphael André
Casting directorAntoinette Boulat
Costume designerMarielle Robaut
DirectorBenoît Jacquot
Script supervisorGeneviève Dufour
EditorJulia Gregory
Key/dolly gripEdwin Broyer
GafferChristophe Duroyaume
ComposerBruno Coulais
ProducerMélita Toscan du Plantier
ProducerMarie-Jeanne Pascal
Co-producerLuc BessonEuropa Corp
Co-producerRémi BurahArte France Cinéma
Co-producerGeneviève LemalScope Pictures
Co-producerOlivier PèreArte France Cinéma
Production designerKatia Wyszkop
Location scoutManuel Tritschler
Post production supervisorMélanie Karlin
Unit managerFrançois-Xavier Bazin
ScreenwriterGilles Taurand
ScreenwriterBenoît Jacquot
Literary sourceJames Hadley ChaseRoman
Sound designerOlivier Goinard

Production companies

Macassar Productions [fr]
EuropaCorp [fr]co-production
Arte France Cinéma [fr]co-production
NJJ Entertainment [fr]co-production
Scope Pictures [be]co-production

Distributing companies

EuropaCorp [fr]Distribution France & World Sales
Belga Films [be]Distribution Belgium


Award winnerYearAwardCategory 
Benoît Jacquot2018Int. Filmfestspiele BerlinWettbewerb / CompetitionNominated


2018GermanyInt. Filmfestspiele Berlin (Berlinale)Wettbewerb / Competition


TypeCountryStationDate / TimeComment
RepeatFranceCiné+ [fr]Tuesday, 02/06/2020, 2.40 AMCiné+ Frissons
RepeatFranceCanal+ [fr]Saturday, 23/05/2020, 11.40 AMCiné+ Frissons
RepeatFranceCanal+ [fr]Saturday, 06/04/2019, 10.20 PMCanal + Cinéma


Theatre releaseFranceWednesday, 07/03/2018
PremiereSaturday, 17/02/2018Berlinale