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La Femme Publique
La Femme Publique
(The Public Woman), 1984
Andrzej Zulawski’s La Femme Publique is a cinematic milestone rich with extreme imagery and raw emotions. Twenty-five years after its controversial inception at the Cannes Film Festival, this story of a young, struggling actress retains the power to shock even the most seasoned of movie goers with its violently stylish, apocalyptic tone. A woman’s destiny, divided between angel and demon… An hour and fifty-four minutes of painful happiness, La Femme Publique scratches the soul, slaps the eyes, and seduces like the maelstrom that each one of us hides beyond the conscious. To summarize La Femme Publique is impossible, dangerous and impoverishing. Zulawski is not a man of words; he plays and juggles with the image, the color, the rhythm, the sound, the music, and this unspeakable shamelessness that he steals from his actors so effectively. Between humor and paroxysm, La Femme Publique is a fascinating metaphysical experience with a degree of intensity that needs to be seen to be believed. Simply put, it represents cinema at its most insane and brilliant.
Special Screening & Mention, 1984 Cannes Film Festival
Montréal World Film Festival:
- Most Popular Film Of The Festival
- Special Prize of the Jury
César Awards, France
- Best Actress: Valérie Kaprisky
- Best Supporting Actor: Lambert Wilson
- Best Writing Adaptation: Andrzej Zulawski
- Best Writing Adaptation: Dominique Garnier


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