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Alain Corneau's Fear and Trembling is set in Japan and is about a young Belgian girl who returns to the country of her childhood, to realise that things aren't as she imagined them to be.

india Updated: Jul 20, 2003 19:19 IST

Original Title:Stupeur et tremblements
France, 2003
Director: Alain Corneau

In this adaptation of Amelie Nothomb’s autobiographical novel, Japan is seen through the eyes of a young Belgian woman who, after having spent her childhood in Tokyo, wants to go back to the country of her fondest memories as an interpreter in a big company.

As a woman and as a foreigner unable to grasps the codes of a strict hierarchical society, she fails miserably. Scorned and humiliated, her life spins into a downward spiral that is both tragic and hilarious.

Alain Corneau and Amélie Nothomb (based on the eponymous novel by Amélie Nothomb)

Yves Angelo

Thierry Derocles


Christine Gozlan, Alaine Sarde

Principal cast:
Sylvie Testud, Kaori Tsuji, Suwa

Production details: 35mm / colour / 107 mins.

Director's bio-note:
Director of 17 films, sixty-year-old Alain Corneau occupies a unique place in French cinema. He was trained as a musician, but moved to cinema and studied at IDHEC, the French Film School.

He worked as assistant director with Nadine Trintignant (It Only Happens to Others) and Costa-Gavras (The Confession). He then shot three films with Yves Montand.

He made his first film, France, Inc. Corneau has tried his hands at various genres of cinema: musical, historical, detective and adventure films and comedies. Indian Nocturne, a very personal film, was screened at Cinefan in 2001.

His All the Mornings of the World swept the Césars in 1992, including Best Director and Best Film.

First Published: Jul 17, 2003 00:11 IST