Irma Vep (1996)

Original Title : Irma Vep
Director : Olivier Assayas
Writer : Olivier Assayas
Genre : Drama
Country : France
Language : French - Some English
Producer : Georges Benayoun , Françoise Guglielmi
Music : Philippe Richard
Yann Richard
Photography : Eric Gautier
IMDB ID : 0116650
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Irma Vep (1996) - Olivier Assayas


Maggie Cheung Herself
Jean-Pierre Léaud René Vidal
Nathalie Richard Zoé
Antoine Basler Journalist
Nathalie Boutefeu Laure
Alex Descas Desormeaux
Dominique Faysse Maïté
Arsinée Khanjian L'américaine
Bernard Nissile Markus
Olivier Torres Ferdinand/Moreno
Bulle Ogier Mireille
Lou Castel José Mirano
Jacques Fieschi Roland
Estelle Larrivaz La standardiste
Balthazar Clémenti Robert, assistant
Lara Cowez Script supervisor
Dominique Cuny Grip
Jessica Doyle Jessica, Roland's Friend
Sandra Faure Vendeuse, sex-shop
Catherine Ferny Policewoman
Maryel Ferraud Make-up Woman
Filip Forgeau Camera Operator
Nicolas Giraudin Unit Manager
Valerie Guy Valerie, in Mireille's apartment
Laurent Jacquet Electrician
Philippe Landoulsi Inspector
Smaïl Mekki Kermor, unit manager
Maurice Najman Maurice, Roland's Friend
Yann Richard Kevin
Jérôme Simonin Property Man
Alexandra Yonnet Lili, Markus's Friend
Pierre Amzallag Emergency Doctor
Françoise Clavel René's Wife
Françoise Guglielmi Producer
Odile Horion Zoë's Assistant
François-Renaud Labarthe TV Cameraman
Alain Martin Boy at Cafe Des Oiseaux
Guy-Patrick Sainderichin TV Dignitary
Willy Martin Bellboy


Rene Vidal, a director in decline, decides to remake Louis Feuillade's silent serial "Les Vampires." Believing no French actress can match Musidora as Irma Vep (an anagram for vampire), he casts Hong Kong action heroine Maggie Cheung, though she speaks no French. On the chaotic set, she's aided by Zoe, the wardrobe mistress with a crush on her, she defends Vidal to a Parisian journalist who trashes all French film and praises John Woo and Schwarzenegger, she befriends Vidal when he goes over the edge, and, in costume, she breaks into a hotel suite to steal jewels as her victim talks on the phone. We also watch the making, the rushes, and the remains of Vidal's unfinished film.


Maggie is gorgeous That's about it.Maggie looks wonderful and is quite charming and likable. Otherwise I couldn't help but think that anyone who waves a handheld camera around can get critical praise.I did not find this funny, just dull. Obviously to watch it in the first place I have a pretty open mind about movies, but I just don't get this one.The acting was pretty good and all but other than just looking at Ms. Cheung, this really held nothing for me. It wasn't completely horrible or anything, I gave it a 5...