It's early morning in Paris when Daiga, the girl from Vilnius, turns up at the wheel of her old car. She has done the trip in one go. In her pocket, she has a little money, a lot of cigarettes and two phone numbers. She has dumped everything to come to Paris. She's an actress. Back in Vilnius, she had met a French director who was passing through the city and promised to help her. Paris is virtually reduced to the limits of a single administration district, the 18th, which is also the hunting ground of a killer of old ladies. The city is like a gigantic anthill, busy by day and also by night, with no chance of rest.


Daïga : Katerina Golubeva
Camille : Richard Courcet
Raphaël : Vincent Dupont
The Doctor : Laurent Grevill
Harry : Ira Mandella-Paul
Théo : Alex Descas
Mina : Irina Grjebina
Vassili : Tolsty
Abel : Patrick Grandperret
Alice : Sophie Simon
Ninon : Line Renaud
Mona : Béatrice Dalle


Director : Claire Denis
Executive producer: Bruno Pesery
Associate producers: Fabienne Vonier, Ruth Waldburger
Screenwriter : Claire Denis, Jean-Pol Fargeau
1st assistant director: Gabriel Julien-Laferrière
Continuity girl : Zoé Zurstrassen
Production manager: Catherine Chouridis
Director of photography: Agnès Godard
1st assistant camera: Gérard Mercier
Sound engineer: Jean-Louis Ughetto
Stage manager : Didier Carrel
Costume designer : Claire Fraisse
Make-up artist: Danièle Vuarin
Production Designers: Thierry Flammand, Arnaud de Moleron
Editor: Nelly Quettier
Assistant editors : Marie-Laure Pessemesse, Santiago Thèvenet, Marion Chanon
Sound editor: Anne-Marie L'Hote
Sound mixer : Vincent Arnadi, Thierry Lebon
Still photographer: Isabelle Weingarten

Production information

Production: Arena Films - Pyramide Productions - Les Films de Mindif - Franec 3 Cinéma - M6 Films - Agora Films (Munich) - Vega Film (Zurich)
With the participation of Canal +, the Centre National de la Cinématographie (Paris) and the Federal Department of Home Affairs (Bern)
With the help of the Eurimages Fund of the Council of Europe

Technical information

Year of production : 1993
Length : 110 mn

Festivals and awards

Official Selection Cannes 1994 - Un Certain Regard