Year of the Jellyfish

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L'Année des méduses
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Directed by Christopher Frank
Produced by Alain Terzian
Written by Christopher Frank
Starring Bernard Giraudeau
Valérie Kaprisky
Caroline Cellier
Jacques Perrin
Béatrice Agenin
Emmanuelle Seigner
Music by Nina Hagen
Alain Wisniak
Cinematography Renato Berta
Distributed by European Classics Video
Release date
  • November 14, 1984 (1984-11-14) (French release)
  • April 24, 1987 (1987-04-24) ( U.S. release)
Running time
110 min.
Language French
Box office $11.7 million[1]

L'année des méduses (The Year of the Jellyfish) is a French drama film inspired by a novel by Christopher Frank, directed by Frank himself with Valérie Kaprisky and Bernard Giraudeau. The film had a total of 1,554,641 admissions in France where it was the 23rd highest grossing film of the year.[2]


The teenage Chris is on holiday at St Tropez with her mother Claude, while her father remains at work in Paris. After seducing a married friend of her parents and undergoing an abortion, she is looking forward to new sexual adventures. Initially she falls for the older Romain, whose interest is in supplying young girls to rich men. For himself, Romain is far more interested in the mother Claude, who gradually thaws to his approaches and becomes his enthusiastic lover. Put out at this, Chris befriends a German married couple but, after a threesome in their hotel room, the husband leaves in disgust. While starting a romance with the abandoned wife, to thwart her mother Chris murders Romain.

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