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FEAR AND TREMBLING

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
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FEAR AND TREMBLING
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.

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

Cinematography:
Yves Angelo

Editing:
Thierry Derocles

Production:

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.