This Sweet Sickness (1977)

French filmmaker Claude Miller's This Sweet Sickness is based on a suspense novel by Patricia Highsmith, of Strangers on a Train fame. In the original, the murder-protagonist was a psychotic, pure and simple (if such words are appropriate here!) In Miller's version, the "hero," David, is a pathetic creature, motivated by humiliation and sexual inadequacy; thus the emphasis is not on his heinous crimes but on his warped personality. The director's noirish decision to stage much of the action in the dark, or the rain, or both, is a function of David's deep depression. As in his other films, Miller uses water as an omen of evil; you've seldom seen a more foreboding swimming pool than the one in This Sweet Sickness. The film was originally released as Dites-lui que je l'aime.

Directing:
  • Claude Miller

Writing:
  • Patricia Highsmith
  • Claude Miller
  • Luc Béraud

Stars:
Release Date: 1977-09-28
  • Country: FR
  • Language: Français
  • Runtime: 102
Josiane Balasko
Josiane Balas...
Nadine
Miou-Miou
Miou-Miou
Juliette
Claude Piéplu
Claude Piéplu
Choiun
Gérard Depardieu
Gérard Depard...
David Martinaud
Christian Clavier
Christian Cla...
François
Xavier Saint-Macary
Xavier Saint-...
Michel Barbet
Dominique Laffin
Dominique Laf...
Lise
Michel Pilorgé
Michel Pilorg...
Maurice
Jacques Denis
Jacques Denis
Gérard Dutilleux
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