Christophe Honoré

France 95 min. min


Béatrice Dalle, postmodern vamp with disturbing sensuality, was, for Christophe Honoré, the only one capable of incorporate all his long-dreamed cinephile fetishes in his film. From the Lola of his idolized Jacques Demy, to the Jeanne Moreau of Querelle by Fassbinder, passing through the inevitable Kim Novak of Vertigo. She is a woman in a raincoat that after the death of her husband, is broken in 17 pieces. She will try to fix them along this queer drift. Presented in Cannes, fascinating and irritating in equal parts, as always when something is different. A remarkable debut which also marks the first collaboration of Honoré with Romain Duris and with the musician Alex Beaupain, two great traveling companions.


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Christophe Honoré

He arrived in Paris in the 1990s, where he began working in cinema. After debuting with the short film Nous deux (2001), his feature films show him as a very personal creator, with a taste marked by a certain pop romanticism, and with an  extraordinary ability to integrate his idols into his particular and very recognizable imaginary. D’A dedicated a retrospective to him in 2019.

Filmography: Winter Boy (2022, D'A 2023), Guermantes (2021, D'A 2022), On a Magical Night (2019, D'A 2020), Sorry Angel (2018, D’A 2019), Les malheurs de Sophie (2016), Métamorphoses (2014, D’A 2019), Beloved (2011, D’A 2012), Man at Bath (2010, D’A 2019), Making Plans for Lena (2009, D’A 2019), La belle personne (2008, D’A 2019), Hôtel Kuntz (short film, 2008), Les chansons d’amour (2007, D’A 2019), In Paris (2006, D’A 2019), My Mother (2004, D’A 2019), Seventeen Times Cecile Cassard (2002, D’A 2019), Nous deux (short film, 2001)

Christophe Honoré

Film information

Original Title: Seventeen Times Cecile Cassard
Director: Christophe Honoré
Script: Christophe Honoré
Contact: Playtime
With: Béatrice Dalle, Romain Duris, Jeanne Balibar
Country: France
Year: 2002
Format: 35 mm
Length: 95 min. min
Language: French
Subtitles: English, Catalan
Edition: 2019