by Pascal Bonitzer
France, 2019, 101′, color

For the “story of the month,” Coline, a contributor to a women’s magazine, is sent deep into the Pyrenees to interview Simon, a rather wild artist who claims his mother appeared to him at the precise moment she died. Coline is particularly intrigued since her beautiful neighbor Azar insists the same thing happened with her father! On the night they meet, Simon attempts to seduce Coline, who resists but falls in love…

Pascal Bonitzer
Agnès de Sacy

from the novel
The Way it Came
by Henry James

Pierre Milon

Elise Fievet

Bruno Coulais

Brigitte Taillandier

production design
Manu de Chauvigny

Marielle Robaut

Sara Giraudeau
Nicolas Duvauchelle
Nicolas Maury
Anabel Lopez
Josiane Balasko
Leonora Evesco
Iliana Lolic

Saïd Ben Saïd
Michel Merkt

BS Productions

Beluga Tree

with the support of
Région Nouvelle-Aquitaine
Centre National du Cinéma et de l’Image Animée
Le Tax Shelter du Gouvernement, Fédéral de Belgique

Screenwriter, director, writer and essayist Pascal Bonitzer (Paris, 1946) began his career as a cinema critic for the “Cahiers du Cinéma.” In the 1970’s his attention turned to screenwriting, a trade which led to collaborations with Jacques Rivette, André Téchiné and Raoul Ruiz. In 1986 he becomes head of the department of Screenwriting at La Fémis, the famous French cinema school. He was also a professor of cinema at Université Paris III (Censier). In 1996, Bonitzer makes his debut as a director with Encore, which receives the Jean Vigo award. In 1998 he receives the Henri-Jeanson award from the French Society of Dramatic Authors and Composers (SACD). This is followed by Rien sur Robert (1999) and Petites Coupures (2003), which was nominated for the Golden Bear at the Berlin Festival, and Je Pense à Vous (2006), three dramatic comedies constructed around a series of unexpected events which concern the problematic relationships between the male protagonists and their wives. He then pens the 2008 Le grand alibi, an adaptation of an Agatha Christie Novel, and Cherchez Hortense (2012). In 2016, Bonitzer co-writes (with Agnés de Sacy) and directs Tout de Suite Maintenant, and publishes La Vision Partielle: Écrits sur le Cinéma, a compilation of texts written for the Cahiers du Cinéma during his fifteen-year- tenure there.


2019 Les envoûtés
(The Spellbound)
2016 Toute de suite maintenant
(Right Here Right Now)
2012 Cherchez Hortense
(Looking for Hortense)

2008 Le grand alibi
(The Great Alibi)
2006 Je pense à vous
(Made in Paris)
2003 Petites coupures
(Small Cuts)

1999 Rien sur Robert
(Nothing About Robert)
1996 Encore