June 26th 2009
  • Drama/Romance,
  • R,
  • 100 min,
  • Miramax Films
  • Cast: Michelle Pfeiffer, Kathy Bates, Rupert Friend, Felicity Jones, Frances Tomelty, Anita Pallenberg, Harriet Walter, Iben Hjejle, Bette Bourne, Gaye Brown, Tom Burke, Natasha Cashman, Andras Hamori, Toby Kebbell, Nichola McAuliffe, Joe Sheridan, Hubert Tellegen, Jack Walker, Rollo Weeks
  • Director: Stephen Frears
  • Writer: Christopher Hampton
  • Producers: Andras Hamori, Bill Kenwright, Thom Mount, Tracey Seaward
  • Co Producers: Raphaël Benoliel, Bastian Griese, Ralf Schmitz
  • Associate Producers: Marco Gilles, Daniel Mann
  • Executive Producers: Simon Fawcett, Christopher Hampton, François Ivernel, Jessica Lange, Cameron McCracken, Richard Temple
  • Art Direction: Denis Schnegg
  • Casting: Victoria Thomas
  • Costume Design: Consolata Boyle
  • D.O.P.: Darius Khondji
  • Editor: Lucia Zucchetti
  • Makeup: Daniel Phillips
  • Music: Alexandre Desplat
  • Production Design: Alan MacDonald
  • Set Decorations: Judy Farr, Véronique Melery


An adaptation of the 1920s novel by French author Colette about the lingering effects of a romance between a middle-aged woman (Pfeiffer) and a wealthy young man (Friend). Set in 1920s Paris, where the young son of a wealthy courtesan (Bates) is educated in the ways of love by a middle-aged friend of the man's mother. When he is forced to give up the six-year relationship after marrying someone else, the young man can't forget her and retreats into a fantasy world.

Basic Information

  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Filming Locations: Cologne, Germany; Paris, France
  • MPAA Warning: Some sexual content and brief drug use
  • Production Budget: $23 million
  • Production Companies: Miramax Films, Pathé, UK Film Council, Aramid Entertainment Fund, MMC Independent, Filmstiftung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Deutsche Filmförderfonds, Tiggy Films, Bill Kenwright Films, Reliant Pictures, Firstep Productions
  • Production Schedule: 14 April 2008 - 3 August 2008

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Worldwide Release Dates

  • 8 April 2009: Belgium, France, UK
  • 25 June 2009: Netherlands
  • 23 July 2009: Australia
  • 27 August 2009: Germany
  • 28 August 2009: Italy
  • 11 September 2009: Finland
  • 24 September 2009: Portugal
  • 1 October 2009: New Zealand
  • 2 October 2009: Norway
  • 15 October 2009: Russia
  • 6 November 2009: Spain
  • 11 December 2009: Brazil