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In this eerie, atmospheric tale, a young woman is on a train when she sees some people she thinks she knows from her childhood. On arriving home, her husband tells her that a certain countess has died. At that point, the film cuts to a scene of the countess singing in a mausoleum while the visual image of the graveyard's many tombstones passes before one's eyes. Back home, the husband -- also a "father-figure" -- is looking over his collection of wooden angels. Some time elapses, and he surreptitiously sees a thief come down through the chimney, steal some things, and then leave. To combat any recurrence, he builds an iron, escape-proof cage around the fireplace, and then goes away on a trip. When he comes back, he finds the thief dead in the cage. Thus far, the camera has only shown the husband in profile or from the back. Then there is another story about a young girl, with a spiteful, nasty mother, who is trying to cope with her own attraction to a man.

  1. Catherine Binet

    Director, Writer

  2. Bram Stoker


Top Billed Cast

  1. Michael Lonsdale

    Michael Lonsdale

    Bertrand Haines-Pearson

  2. Carol Kane

    Carol Kane

    Louise Haines-Pearson

  3. Katia Wastchenko

    La petite fille

  4. Marina Vlady

    Marina Vlady

    La mère de la petite fille

  5. Emmanuelle Riva

    Emmanuelle Riva

    Une invitée

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The Games of Countess Dolingen
The Games of Countess Dolingen


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Original Title Les Jeux de la Comtesse Dolingen de Gratz

Status Released

Release Information

  • September 1, 1981


    (Tous publics) valid for all audiences.

Original Language French

Runtime 1h 54m

Budget -

Revenue -



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