Andrzej Zulawski’s contemporary adaptation of Madame de La Fayette’s classic novel La Princesse de Clèves is as wild as it is heartfelt, mixing action sequences, a timely critique of tabloid media, and a love story inspired by the end of the director’s own relationship with the film’s leading lady Sophie Marceau. Marceau is radiant as Clélia, a photographer who accepts a lucrative job at a tabloid to help her support her ailing mother, while Pascal Greggory is brilliantly cast against type as the kind but bumbling publisher who seduces her. Their relationship seems perfect until Clelia meets young paparazzo Némo, played by the dashing Guillaume Canet.
Dir. Andrzej Zulawski, 2000, 105 min
With Sophie Marceau, Pascal Greggory, Guillaume Canet
In French with English subtitles