Damien Odoul



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Status: Completed

Director(s): Damien Odoul

Main cast: Pierre Richard, Anna Mouglalis, Damien Odoul

Long synopsis : Dawn. A decaying ch¢teau stands in a sprawling park of 100-year-old oaks. Jean-René, a ruined aristocrat in his 60s, has just learned he’sgoing to die.And soon. The day passes. Night falls. In the great, candle-lit hall, the aristocrat and his gardener get drunk. Jean-René makes up, slips into one of his mother’sold dresses, and the two men dance like an old couple. Later, barely able to stand, Jean-René announces his decision to invite a theatre company to the ch¢teau. To enliven his final days with a piece based on the myth of Dionyos¦ A month later, he welcomes the entertainers. They’re a strange, mixed bunch. Yves, a tormented, art-obsessed producer, arrives with a young actress, the beautiful, affected, hysterical Mélina. A couple who split up two years earlier, things are not simple between them. Eug¨ne and his lover Ingrid follow. She’s a philosopher, a gastronome; Eug¨ne’s besotted with her. Part-Jeckyll, part-Hyde, he’s a weak, mean fellow, unsure of who he is or how to assert himself. At the slightest trouble, he calls upon the ghost of his dead sister for comfort. Rapidly overcome by life at the ch¢teau, and on his sister’s advice, he resolves to murder Jean-René. Lastly, the writer, his script not yet finished. With him is Lola, a free spirited young woman, liberated both in mind and ample body. The night of the performance arrives, a night of absurd burlesque and and devastating revelation.


  • Pierre Richard, Anna Mouglalis, Damien Odoul, Eugene Durif, Ingrid Astier, Antoine Lacomblez


  • Producer(s): Damien Odoul
  • Director(s): Damien Odoul
  • Screenplay: Damien Odoul
  • DP: Patrick Ghiringhelli, Damien Odoul
  • Editing: Gwenola Heaulme
  • Original Music: Eric Daubresse, Jean Holtzmann
  • Set Design: Damien Odoul
  • Original Title: EN ATTENDANT LE DELUGE
  • Genre(s): Comedy, Drama

  • Production company: DOF
  • Production date: 2004
  • Language: French
  • Duration: 81 min
  • Image Ratio: 0.00
  • The Directors’ Fortnight 2004
  • Edinburgh International Film Festival 2004
  • Festival International du Film Francophone T¼bingen 2004
  • San Francisco International Film Festival 2004
  • Chicago International Film Festival 2004