starring: Jeanne Goupil · Andre Dussolier · Andrea Ferreol · Marie Mergey
· Francois Perrot
Marie is a 17-year
old who lost her parents to a tragic accident at a young age and now lives
a sheltered life with the grandparents. As a result, she has an arrested
development that makes her look and act much younger than her age. One
day, Marie wanders the village while her grandparents are shopping. She
notices an exotic doll collection on display in a store window. This a
collectable doll shoppe owned by the affluent and eccentric Claude. He
sees Marie and becomes infatuated with her vapid innocence, leading to
Claude's mania for the youngish vixen. Marie - unaware of Claude's unhealthy
obsession with dolls - agrees to marry him and move to his estate. But
soon the storybook villa becomes a nightmare castle for poor Marie.
The film tells
[albeit, uncomfortable] story of the relationship between two dysfunctional
people, a dussollier who marries a a naive girl only because she resembles
a doll and a young doll who has fallen "in love" for
the first time in her life but can't understand her husband's lack of
empathy. The movie becomes vicious and wildly unconventional as it moves
steadily towards the Twilight Zone conclusion. The entire thing
is the brain-child of filmmaker Joël Séria, best known for
his cult masterpiece DON'T
DELIVER US FROM EVIL. The star here is the same actress from that
film - Jeanne Goupil - still looking like a child even though she was
26 when this movie was shot. A year before she married director Séria.
They have one child.
film; widescreen, totally uncut version (115 min.), in French language
with optional English subtitles, DVD encoded for WORLD FORMAT NTSC, playable
on any American machine.
For Mature Audiences