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Persécution (2009)

The solitary Daniel and Sonia share an uneasy love/hate relationship. Daniel's life is disrupted by the appearance of a stranger that proceeds to insinuate himself in his life. The man's ... See full summary »

Director:

Patrice Chéreau

Writers:

Patrice Chéreau (screenplay), Anne-Louise Trividic (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Romain Duris ... Daniel
Charlotte Gainsbourg ... Sonia
Jean-Hugues Anglade ... Le fou
Gilles Cohen Gilles Cohen ... Michel
Alex Descas ... Thomas
Michel Duchaussoy ... Le vieil homme
Tsilla Chelton ... La vieille dame
Mika Tard Mika Tard ... La serveuse
Yannick Soulier ... L'homme de 40 ans
Hiam Abbass ... Marie
Fabio Zenoni Fabio Zenoni ... Un copain au café
Xavier Robic Xavier Robic
Nelly Antignac Nelly Antignac
Louis Bellanti Louis Bellanti
Bastien Bernini Bastien Bernini
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The solitary Daniel and Sonia share an uneasy love/hate relationship. Daniel's life is disrupted by the appearance of a stranger that proceeds to insinuate himself in his life. The man's persistence takes its toll on Daniel and Sonia, leaving Daniel alone with nagging questions of "Why?" Written by Pusan International Film Festival

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Challenging, fascinating, indescribable
27 June 2014 | by jm10701See all my reviews

Persécution is a hard movie to describe accurately. It's the story of Daniel (Romain Duris), a loft renovator in Paris. Daniel is inordinately important to the people in his life, whom he mostly treats with what seems like hostility.

He has an unstable relationship with his very independent girlfriend Sonia (Charlotte Gainsbourg). A stranger (Jean-Hugues Anglade) begins to stalk him, although in extraordinarily creative ways and without any threat or malicious intent. But the details of the plot really don't matter much. It's not really a story; it's an experience.

This (like every earlier Patrice Chéreau movie I've seen - which are only L'homme blessé (which starred Jean-Hugues Anglade in his luminous youth), Those Who Love Me Can Take the Train, and Son frère, but they're three of the most memorable movies I've ever seen) deeply challenges its audience in ways other directors' movies never do.

It's impossible to watch a Chéreau movie without a completely open mind, free of every normal expectation: that you will understand it, that you will be able to empathize with ANY of the characters, that you will even know whether you like it or not.

Chéreau, either intentionally or unintentionally, ALWAYS made movies that force the viewer to surrender control, to step outside everything familiar, to go wherever he leads without questioning where or why. Watching a Chéreau movie is more life-changing, more consciousness-expanding, more iconoclastic than entertaining.

I LOVE that kind of challenge, I LOVE that kind of movie, and only Chéreau ever demanded so much from an audience. If you don't WANT to be challenged like that, if you don't WANT your mind and your world shaken to their foundations and rebuilt by someone else, then don't bother watching this amazing movie. You'll hate it.


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Official Sites:

Mars Distribution [France]

Country:

France | Germany

Language:

French

Release Date:

9 December 2009 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

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$825,672
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