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L'Ennui is a French film directed by Cédric Kahn released in 1998. The film is an homage to the Italian writer Alberto Moravia and loosely based on Moravia's novel La noia, an exploration of the theme of the incomprehensible desire that sometimes poisons life. The film stars Charles Berling, Sophie Guillemin, Arielle Dombasle, Robert Kramer and Alice Grey.


Martin, professor of philosophy and tired of life, meets his elderly (and deceased) artist neighbour's muse Cécilia. He soon becomes possessed by a physical passion for her, a "femme-enfant" who is beautiful, naive, sexually voracious, and utterly pliant (see La Femme objet), but at the same time opaque; and because he cannot inhabit her mind, cannot make her feel intensely for him, he becomes neurotically obsessed by her, which leads to all kinds of abjection and abasement for him. In this, the film explores the tension between the male dream of feminine passivity, and the male nightmare of feminine impassivity.


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