Irma Vep

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Hong Kong action diva Maggie Cheung ( Ashes of Time Redux , In the Mood for Love ) plays herself in haute auteur Olivier Assayas’ spiky satire of the French film industry. After seeing her in Johnny To’s cult-actioner Heroic Trio , past-his-prime... read more
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Hong Kong action diva Maggie Cheung ( Ashes of Time Redux , In the Mood for Love ) plays herself in haute auteur Olivier Assayas’ spiky satire of the French film industry. After seeing her in Johnny To’s cult-actioner Heroic Trio , past-his-prime director René Vidal (New Wave legend Jean-Pierre Léaud) impetuously casts Cheung as the lead in his remake of the silent classic Les Vampires . Unable to speak a word of French and clad in a head-to-toe rubber catsuit, Cheung finds herself adrift among the disorganized crew—including an increasingly erratic Vidal, a lovesick bi-sexual costumer (Nathalie Richard) and a gossipy executive’s wife (Bulle Ogier). With freewheeling cinematography choreographed to the strains of Sonic Youth and Luna, Irma Vep immerses the viewer into the heady desperation and l’amour fou of modern movie-making.

Original Release

10/01/1996

Cast

Directors

Olivier Assayas

Writers

Olivier Assayas

Cast

Maggie Cheung Maggie Cheung
Jean-Pierre Leaud René Vidal
Nathalie Richard Zoé
Antoine Basler Journalist
Nathalie Boutefeu Laure
Alex Descas Desormeaux
Dominique Faysse Maïté
Arsinee Khanjian L'américaine
Bernard Nissile Markus
Olivier Torres Moreno
Bulle Ogier Mireille
Lou Castel José Mirano
Jacques Fieschi Roland
Estelle Larrivaz La standardiste
Balthazar Clémenti Robert, assistant
Lara Cowez Script supervisor
Dominique Cuny Grip
Jessica Doyle Jessica, Roland's Friend
Sandra Faure Vendeuse, sex-shop
Catherine Ferny Policewoman

Producers

Françoise Guglielmi Executive Producer
Georges Benayoun Producer

Editors

Luc Barnier

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