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by Raoul Ruiz


Haute Provence, 1945. One long night, a group of women reflect upon the strange fate of Thérèse, the oldest member of the group. Drôme, 1882. Thérèse, 22, runs away from the country with her fiancé Firmin and sets up home in Châtillon. She’s quick to notice Madame Numance, the city’s most elegant woman whose generosity knows no limit. These two powerful forces fall under each other’s spell. But Firmin intervenes and upsets the state of play… He swindles the Numances out of their last penny, and they let themselves be cheated without batting an eyelid.

international title: Savage Souls
original title: Les Âmes fortes
country: France, Belgium
sales agent: FTD (France Télévisions Distribution)
year: 2001
genre: fiction
directed by: Raoul Ruiz
film run: 120'
release date: FR 20/05/2001, BE 23/05/2001, CH 23/05/2001, BG 07/12/2001, PT 21/06/2002
screenplay: Alexandre Astruc, Mitchell Hooper, Alain Majani d'Inguimbert, Alain Neuhoff
cast: Laetitia Casta, Frédéric Diefenthal, Arielle Dombasle, Charles Berling, Johan Leysen, John Malkovich
cinematography by: Eric Gautier
film editing: Valeria Sarmiento
art director: Bruno Beaugé
costumes designer: Marielle Robaut
music: Jorge Arriagada
producer: Marc de Lassus Saint-Geniès, Dimitri de Clercq, Alain Majani d'Inguimbert
production: Les Films du Lendemain, ARTE France Cinéma, Nomad Films (BE)
distributor: Gémini Films, JMH Distribution (CH), Vadi Van Kris (BG), Atalanta Filmes (PT), Rosebud Motion Pictures (GR), Paramount Pictures (UK)
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