Nearest to heaven

A film by Tonie Marshall


One evening, a woman meets a man she used to know when they were students. We realize that he was in love with her but that she loved someone else... When the name "Philippe", her first love, is uttered it acts as a sort of revelation and she ends up in a movie theatre screening "An Affair to Remember"... Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr finally meet up, after missing one another at the top of the Empire State Building. One morning, just before her business-trip to New York, a letter, left by a figure that could be Philippe, fixes an appointment at the top of the Empire State Building... Is this real? Has she dreamt it? She rushes off to the USA...


Fanette: Catherine Deneuve
Matt: William Hurt
Bernard: Bernard Le Coq
Lucie: Hélène Fillières
Pierre: Patrice Chéreau
Brigitte: Nathalie Richard
Alain: Gilbert Melki
Young woman at cinema : Emmanuelle Devos
Carole: Noémie Godin Vigneau
Mary Rafelson: Paulina Porozkova
Himself: François Arnal


Director: Tonie Marshall
Screenplay and dialogues: Tonie Marshall et Anne Louise Trividic, based on a story by Tonie Marshall
Photography: Agnès Godard
Sound: Jean-Jacques Ferran, Béatrice Wick, Jean-Pierre Laforce
Sets: Pierre-François Limbosch, Ginette Robitaille
Costumes: Friquette Thevenet, Marielle Robaut, Ginette Magny, with an original création by Jean-Paul Gaultier for Catherine Deneuve
Editing: Jacques Comets
Music: François Dompierre Performed by Angèle Dubeau and la Pieta
Additional original music: David Hadjjadj and Jérôme Robotier "Le Labo Orchestra". The song "Teu mi delirio" is performed by Etienne Daho
Producers: Fabienne Vonier, Gilles Sandoz, Olivier Bomsel
Canadian Coproducers : Denise Robert and Daniel Louis
Spanish Coproducer : Andres Vicente Gomez
Line production : Alain Peyrollaz

Production information

Canadian coproducers: Cinemaginaire Inc.
Spanish coproducers: Lolafilms SA
Coproducers: France 2 Cinéma, Havas Images, Gimages Développement
In association with: Gimages 5
With the participation of: Canal + and the Centre National de la Cinématographie
And the support of: Eurimages
Line production: Tabo Tabo Films
International sales: Pyramide International

Technical information

France - Canada - Spain
Year of production : 2001
Length : 100 mn

Festivals and awards

Official Selection Venise Film Festival 2002 - Competition