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by Samantha Lang


In a crumbling Parisian apartment building, Zao, an elderly Chinese man, crosses paths with Sarah, a young Australian actress, when she moves in across the hall.
Her mind is clearly elsewhere, and when Zao discovers Sarah is bent on suicide, he suggests a pact: he’ll cook refined Chinese dishes for her up until the fatal day.
An intense, ambiguous and subtly erotic relationship forms between them under the watchful gaze of their inquisitive and jealous neighbors.

international title: THE IDOL
original title: L' IDOLE
country: France, Germany, Japan
sales agent: TF1 Studio
year: 2002
genre: fiction
directed by: Samantha Lang
film run: 110'
release date: FR 29/01/2003, CH 01/07/2003
screenplay: Samantha Lang, Gérard Brach
cast: Leelee Sobieski, James Hong, Jean-Paul Rousillon, Jalil Lespert, Marie Loboda, Jany Gastaldi, Liliane Montevecchi, Liliane Rovere
cinematography by: Benoît Delhomme
film editing: Chantal Hymans
art director: Prisque Salvi
costumes designer: Pascaline Chavanne
music: Gabriel Yared
producer: Olivier Delbosc, Marc Missonnier
production: ARTE France Cinéma, Mars Films, Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen (ZDF), Fidélité Productions, Roissy Films, Prima Film (FR); Euro Space Inc (JP)
distributor: Mars Films Distribution, Agora Film (CH)
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