Irma Vep (1996)

Original Title : Irma Vep
Director : Olivier Assayas
Writer : Olivier Assayas
Genre : Drama
Country : France
Language : French - Some English
Producer : Georges Benayoun , Fran√ßoise 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 L√©aud Ren√© Vidal
¬Nathalie Richard Zo√©
¬Antoine Basler Journalist
¬Nathalie Boutefeu Laure
¬Alex Descas Desormeaux
¬Dominique Faysse Ma√Įt√©
¬Arsin√©e Khanjian L'am√©ricaine
¬Bernard Nissile Markus
¬Olivier Torres Ferdinand/Moreno
¬Bulle Ogier Mireille
¬Lou Castel Jos√© Mirano
¬Jacques Fieschi Roland
¬Estelle Larrivaz La standardiste
¬Balthazar Cl√©menti 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
¬Sma√Įl Mekki Kermor, unit manager
¬Maurice Najman Maurice, Roland's Friend
¬Yann Richard Kevin
¬J√©r√īme Simonin Property Man
¬Alexandra Yonnet Lili, Markus's Friend
¬Pierre Amzallag Emergency Doctor
¬Fran√oise Clavel Ren√©'s Wife
¬Fran√oise Guglielmi Producer
¬Odile Horion Zo√ę's Assistant
¬Fran√ois-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...