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L'idole (The idol)

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Movie propaganda

In an old Paris apartment block, Zao (James Hong), an elderly Chinese man, crosses paths with Sarah (Leelee Sobieski), who has just moved in across the hallway. An Australian touring in a French theatre company, she's a frustrated actress working as an understudy - to her lover's wife. To Zao's mild surprise, she says when she finally gets her crack at a leading role in Paris, she'll create a scandal by committing suicide. Her Chinese neighbour proposes a pact: he'll cook for her until that fateful date. And so begins an ambiguous and subtly erotic friendship, under ever watchful and envious eyes of the building's other inhabitants, all of whom do their best to disrupt this mystifying relationship.

Persons of interest

  • Leelee Sobieski .... Sarah Silver
  • James Hong .... Zao
  • Jean-Paul Roussillon .... Roger Castellac
  • Jalil Lespert .... Philippe
  • Marie Loboda .... Caroline
  • Michelle Tourneur .... Author: À l'heure dite
  • Gérard Brach .... Screenwriter
  • Samantha Lang .... Screenwriter
  • Samantha Lang .... Director

Cinematic intelligence sources

Intelligence analyst

Special Agent Matti

Theatrical report

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Security censorship classification

M (Medium level sex scene, medium level violence, low level coarse language)

Surveillance time

113 minutes (1:53 hours)

Not for public release in Australia before date

Film: 3 July 2003 - (Melbourne, Sydney)

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