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131 Ratings


Directed by Cédric Kahn
France, Portugal, 1998
Drama, Romance


Cédric Kahn shows maturity as a director and auteur in making this respectable adaptation of Alberto Moravia’s controversial novel.

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L'ennui Directed by Cédric Kahn

Awards & Festivals

César Awards

1999 | 3 nominations including: Best Actor

Prix Louis Delluc

1998 | Winner: Prix Louis Delluc

Critics reviews

One of the most striking aspects of the film—adapted from La noia, a 1960 novel by Alberto Moravia that I haven’t read (also the source for a trashy Bette Davis vehicle, The Empty Canvas)—is the way it confounds its Proustian model of jealousy and sexual paranoia with a dash of healthy common sense. A key line in L’ennui could serve as the ideal riposte to Swann’s lament: “Is there any point in knowing the truth?”
January 28, 2000
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