Lemming (film)

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Theatrical poster
Directed by Dominik Moll
Produced by Gilles Marchand
Dominik Moll
Written by Gilles Marchand
Dominik Moll
Starring Laurent Lucas
Charlotte Gainsbourg
Charlotte Rampling
André Dussollier
Jacques Bonnaffé
Véronique Affholder
Cinematography Jean-Marc Fabre
Distributed by Diaphana Films
Release dates
11 May 2005
Running time
129 minutes
Country France
Language French

Lemming (2005) is a psychological thriller film, directed by Dominik Moll and starring André Dussollier, Charlotte Rampling, Charlotte Gainsbourg and Laurent Lucas. It was entered into the 2005 Cannes Film Festival.[1]


Alain Getty (Lucas) is a Home Automation Engineer who accepts a job in the south of France and moves there with his wife Bénédicte (Gainsbourg). After three months, his new boss (Dussollier) invites himself and his wife Alice (Rampling) to dinner at Alain's house. They arrive late and create a scene with their marital problems and Alice is then despicably rude to Benedicte. Things go downhill from there, beginning with Alain's discovery of an unconscious rodent lodged in the S-bend of the kitchen sink.

When Alain pulls the animal out of the S-bend, it seems lifeless, but revives later. Bénédicte takes it to a veterinarian, who identifies it with some surprise as a lemming, a Scandinavian animal that does not live in France in the wild.

Alice, after an unsuccessful attempt at seducing Alain, turns up at his house in the day time and takes her own life. Alain and Bénédicte's idyllic home life begins to disintegrate.



The film was generally well received by critics, and maintains a 70% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes.[2]


  1. ^ "Festival de Cannes: Lemming". festival-cannes.com. Retrieved 2009-12-06. 
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