The Public Woman

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La femme publique
La femme publique.jpg
Directed byAndrzej Żuławski
Written byDominique Garnier
Andrzej Żuławski
StarringValérie Kaprisky
Francis Huster
Lambert Wilson
Patrick Bauchau
Music byAlain Wisniak
CinematographySacha Vierny
Edited byMarie-Sophie Dubus
Distributed byHachette-Fox
Release date
  • 16 May 1984 (1984-05-16)
Running time
113 minutes

The Public Woman (French: La femme publique) is a 1984 French erotic drama film inspired by Dostoevsky's novel Demons and directed by Andrzej Żuławski, starring Valérie Kaprisky, Lambert Wilson and Francis Huster as the lead actors. The film had a total of 1,302,425 admissions in France where it was the 28th highest-grossing film of the year.[1]

Plot summary[edit]

An inexperienced young actress is invited to play a role in a film based on Dostoevsky's novel Demons. The film director, a Czech immigrant in Paris, takes over her life, and in a short time she is unable to draw the line between acting and reality. She winds up playing a real-life role posing as the dead wife of another Czech immigrant, who is manipulated by the filmmaker into committing a political assassination.


César Awards, France, 1985[edit]


Montréal World Film Festival 1984[edit]

  • Won Most Popular Film - Andrzej Żuławski
  • Won Special Prize of the Jury - Andrzej Żuławski

DVD releases[edit]

The film had its English-speaking debut on DVD in late 2008, when new label Mondo Vision released the film as its debut title. The disc features a commentary from Andrzej Żuławski and a video interview, where he discusses Polish cinema and the film's production. The film is also available on DVD from LCJ Editions in France, IVC in Japan, and Minerva Pictures in Italy, but lack these extras.


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