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Paris by Night (1988)

Clara Bell is a busy Euro MP with a husband and child at home and a high powered career - but on a trip to Paris her ordered existence is overturned by a murder and a chance encounter.

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David Hare

Writer:

David Hare
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Cast

Credited cast:
Charlotte Rampling ... Clara Paige
Michael Gambon ... Gerald Paige
Iain Glen ... Wallace Sharp
Robert Hardy ... Adam Gillvray
Jane Asher ... Pauline
Niamh Cusack ... Jenny Swanton
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Christopher Baines Christopher Baines ... Young Organizer
Linda Bassett ... Janet Swanton
Annabel Brooks Annabel Brooks ... Girl at Gillvray's Office
Edward Clayton Edward Clayton ... Birmingham Chairman
Brian Cobby Brian Cobby ... Foreign Secretary
Bradley Cole ... Young Man
Julian Firth ... Lawrence
Robert Flemyng ... Jack Sidmouth
Alain Fromager Alain Fromager ... Paul Zinyafski
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Clara Bell is a busy Euro MP with a husband and child at home and a high powered career - but on a trip to Paris her ordered existence is overturned by a murder and a chance encounter.

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Drama | Thriller

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Country:

UK | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 April 1989 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Llamadas a medianoche See more »

Filming Locations:

London, England, UK See more »

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Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)
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Last cinema feature of Andrew Ray. See more »

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O Holy Night
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Music by Adolphe Adam
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True psychological thriller
21 February 2013 | by ricohp69See all my reviews

An under-appreciated multiple themed experiment on love, ethics, feminism, murder and the growing EU, showcasing a luminous Charlotte Rampling in a complicated and compelling story. Michael Gambon plays the ailing MP husband in a fractured marriage - a deep moral fissure which splinters the entire film. Central character Clara Paige rises to European parliament power holding onto a decaying sense of self in a European Union working to bring together disparate elements such as boorish English aristocrats and rioting French farmers. Against this backdrop comes a passionate affair; a twist of fate; the unexpected act of murder; its hidden and soon not so hidden consequences, and the jumbled choices each character makes leading them toward the film's devastating climax.

Like the characters' sketched two faced drawing on a café napkin, to their late night phone calls and visits, this film is about our darkest corners and how we navigate them - in family; politics; and ultimately, in love. Paris by Night is David Hare's dark gem.


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