Cleveland International Film Festival } March 22 – April 1, 2023 } Playhouse Square

(Plein Sud)

Year: 1983
Country: France
Run Time: 90 minutes


Director-screenwriter Luc Beraud has worked with Margaurite Duras, Jacques Rivette and Alain Robbe-Grillet on their films as well as co-writing 5 screenplays with Claude ("Garde A Vous") Miller. Beraud's "All About Mankiewicz," a documentary co-directed and co-written with Michel Ciment, is a fascinating, full-length portrait of the Hollywood master. HEAT OF DESIRE is Beraud's second feature film, following a successful debut with the humorous "Like A Turtle On It's Back." HEAT OF DESIRE provided the late Patrick Dewaere with his last screen role, as Serge, a noted critic and professor of literature in Paris. Serge is buying train tickets for himself and his wife to enjoy and second honeymoon in Barcelona, where he is to lecture. In the station he meets the seductive gaze of Carol (Clio Goldsmith), who has just vowed to take up with the "first clown" that walks by. Abandoning his wife and eventually his career and dignity, the smitten professor pursues an obsessive love affair with Carol that begins with erotic games in a hotel room. Carol spends all of Serge's money in Barcelona and myseriously disappears and reappears. her brother/pimp (Guy Marchand) and mother/madame (Jeanne Moreau) arrive to complicate matters, including murder, robbery and political upheaval.

"It's all quite entertaining, funny and scary by turns, and fast. . .so fast that we forget we're reading subtitles." -The Miami Herald

Luc Beraud, Claude Miller

Lise Fayolle, Giorgio Silvagni

Bernard Lutic

Joelle Van Effenterre

Principal Cast
Patrick Dewaere, Clio Goldsmith, Jeanne Moreau, Guy Marchand, Pierre Dux

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