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Métamorphoses (2014 film)

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Film poster
Directed byChristophe Honoré
Screenplay byChristophe Honoré
Based onMetamorphoses
by Ovid
Produced byPhilippe Martin
StarringAmira Akili
Sébastien Hirel
Damien Chapelle
Mélodie Richard
George Babluani
CinematographyAndré Chemetoff
Edited byChantal Hymans
France 3 Cinéma
Les Films Pelléas
Le Pacte
Distributed bySophie Dulac Distribution
Release dates
  • 26 August 2014 (2014-08-26) (Venice)
  • 3 September 2014 (2014-09-03) (France)
Running time
102 minutes
Box office€ 4 million[1]

Métamorphoses (Transformations) is a 2014 French drama film[2] written and directed by Christophe Honoré and starring Amira Akili, Sébastien Hirel, Damien Chapelle, Mélodie Richard and George Babluani.

The film consists of a linked series of reworkings (in present-day settings) of episodes from the narrative poem of the same name by the Roman poet Ovid.[3] It was screened in the Venice Days section at the 71st Venice International Film Festival.[4]


Leaving her school, a young woman meets a handsome but strange young man. Attracted by the stories he tells her, she is fascinated by tales of gods and young mortals. The film recounts the encounter first of Jupiter and Europe, with the male god in the form of seducer, pygmalion, initiator. Bacchus then illustrates the necessity to believe in the myths of gods, or else to suffer for one's impiety. Lastly there is Orpheus and his proselytism, his teaching and his prophecy; a sect groups itself around him up to his violent death. The stories are linked by Europe, a young woman who grows through experiencing the worlds of these three characters, watching, following them from her state of innocence.



Filming took place between 13 May and June 2013.[3] The film was shot in Nîmes, Montpellier and surrounding areas.[5]


The sound track includes sections of Mozart's overture to Zaide, Schoenberg's Verklärte Nacht, Webern's String Quartet op.5, Ravel's Rapsodie Espagnole and Daphnis et Chloé, and several works by Baxter Dury.[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Métamorphoses". JP's Box-Office.
  2. ^ "Metamorphoses (2014) - Watch on Kanopy or Streaming Online | Reelgood".
  3. ^ a b "Métamorphoses for Christophe Honoré". Cineuropa. Retrieved 2014-04-03.
  4. ^ "Métamorphoses". Venice Days. Retrieved 2014-08-28.
  5. ^ a b Final credits to Métamorphoses (2014).

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