An inexperienced young actress is invited to play a role in a film based on Dostoyevsky's 'The Possessed'. The film director, a Czech immigrant in Paris, takes over her life, and in a short time she is unable to draw the line between acting and reality. She winds up playing a real-life role posing as the dead wife of another Czech immigrant, who is manipulated by the filmmaker into commiting a political assasination.

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  1. Dominique Garnier

    Novel, Writer

  2. Andrzej Żuławski

    Director, Writer

Top Billed Cast

  1. Valérie Kaprisky

    Valérie Kaprisky


  2. Francis Huster

    Francis Huster

    Lucas Kessling

  3. Lambert Wilson

    Lambert Wilson

    Milan Mliska

  4. Patrick Bauchau

    Patrick Bauchau

    Ethel's Father

  5. Giselle Pascal

    Giselle Pascal


  6. Roger Dumas

    Roger Dumas

    André, le photographe

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Original Title La femme publique

Status Released

Original Language French

Runtime 1h 53m

Budget -

Revenue -

Homepage -

Release Information

  • July 7, 1984



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