9 Month Stretch

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9 Month Stretch
9 mois ferme poster.jpg
Film poster
Directed by Albert Dupontel
Produced by Catherine Bozorgan
Written by Albert Dupontel
Starring Sandrine Kiberlain
Albert Dupontel
Music by Christophe Julien
Cinematography Vincent Mathias
Edited by Christophe Pinel
Distributed by Wild Bunch Distribution
Release date
  • 16 October 2013 (2013-10-16)
Running time
82 minutes
Country France
Language French
Budget $8.5 million
Box office $17.9 million[1]

9 Month Stretch (French: 9 mois ferme) is a 2013 French comedy film written, directed by and starring Albert Dupontel. It was nominated for six categories at the 39th César Awards including Best Film and Best Director and Best Actor for Dupontel, winning Best Actress for its co-star Sandrine Kiberlain and Best Original Screenplay.[2][3]


Ariane Felder is pregnant. This is all the more surprising since this examining magistrate is an old-fashioned single person. But even more surprising is the fact that, according to DNA tests, the father is no other than Bob, a criminal prosecuted for atrocious assault and battery. Ariane, who does not remember anything, tries to understand what happened.



Dupontel was inspired by 10e chambre, instants d'audience, a documentary by Raymond Depardon in which judge Michèle Bernard-Requin appears. Bernard-Requin also plays a judge in Neuf mois ferme.

Dupontel originally intended to make Neuf mois ferme his first English-language film, with Emma Thompson playing Ariane Felder.

The name of the coroner Toulate ("too late") character comes from this first intention.[4] He chose to name his main character Ariane in reference to Ariadne as this character loses the thread. Attorney Trolos' name means stutterer in Ancient Greek.


César Awards[edit]

  • Best Actress (Sandrine Kiberlain)
  • Best Original Screenplay


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