Jacqueline Veuve

Cinéaste et ethnologue (1930-2013)

L'Évanouie (Jacqueline Veuve)

Fainted Away


Switzerland 1993. S-16/Beta, VHS, colour, 90 min.

Image: L'Évanouie 

Fatally ill, Claire (Stéphane Audran) must undergo some exams. Her son Daniel (Thomas Chabrol) brings her to the hospital and leaves her at the entrance. But, with no warning, Claire suddenly decides not to endure any further treatment and books herself into a hotel by Lake Geneva instead. Claire whiles her time away wandering along the quays while her son tries desperately tries to find her. She meets an older man (Daniel Gélin) who helps her bear her last days of suffering.

DirectorJacqueline Veuve
ScriptJacqueline Veuve, Jacques Nollo, Sandra Joxe d'après le roman «L'Évanouie» de Jean Bloch-Michel
CastStéphane Audran (Claire), Daniel Gélin (Le vieux monsieur), Thomas Chabrol (Daniel), Lucienne Hamon (Julia), Jacques Mathou (Jean)
PhotographyBruno de Kaeyzer
SoundJean-Louis Ughetto
EditingEdwige Ochsenbein
MusicPierre-André Meylan
Duration90 min.
FormatS-16/Beta, VHS, colour, 25 ips
Sales DVD/VideoVHS  [order
Festivals/PrizesFestival of Women's Film, Créteil
ProductionOdessa, Nanterre; Les productions JMH SA; TSR; FR3
World RightsLes productions JMH SA
Distribution SwitzerlandJMH Distributions SA
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LiteratureB.Galland, Une femme de cinéma, 2003, p. 27ss.

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Press review

All them major themes of this turn of the century, are touched, gently, with a discretion that is art itself. Télérama, Paris, 31.7.93 (Antoine Perraud) Death is, of course, off camera, an intruder with really no right to enter. The actors are in unison: Stéphane Audran and Daniel Gélin delicately sketch a relationship where all is so obvious that no more need be said Libération, Paris, 30./31.7.93 (Hubert Prolongeau)

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