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The Red Dwarf (1998)

Cast: Jean-Yves Thual, Jean-Yves Thual, Anita Ekberg, more...
Director: Yvan Le Moine, Yvan Le Moine
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Studio: Columbia TriStar
Genre: Foreign, Black Comedy, France, Crime, Quest, Revenge
Running Time: 101 min.
Languages: French
Subtitles: English
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This title is currently out of print.

A Michel Tournier short story is the source for this expressionistic Belgian-French-Italian comedy-drama, filmed in black-and-white with French dialogue. Lucien L'Hotte (Jean-Yves Thual), a dwarf who works for a law firm, is befriended by circus trapeze artist Isis (Dyna Gauzy), who views him as her guardian angel. Minus love, Lucien writes and mails letters to upset the marriages of others. His company's number one client, divorced vocalist Paola Bendoni (Anita Ekberg) vamps him at her villa, and their affair begins. But her later rejection doesn't sit well, so he creeps into her house, strangles her, and frames her dullard husband (Arno Chevrier) for the deed. Shown in the Directors Fortnight section at the 1998 Cannes Film Festival. ~ Bhob Stewart, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

Belgian Films--I love you by walcottd August 8, 2005 - 12:40 AM PDT
2 out of 3 members found this review helpful
Don't watch this film if you're impatient, or aggravated by eccentric people. This movie is a wonderful take on society and hierarchy. I thought it was too formulaic in the first half, but then it became great entertainment and that is what I wanted. Best use of a dwarf in any film I've ever seen. No gimmick, no pity, great acting.

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