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Noir et blanc (1986)

Antoine is an accountant, uptight and withdrawn, married to Edith, who picks out his clothes and shoes. He's assigned to a fitness gymnasium for a month to straighten out their books. The ... See full summary »

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Claire Devers

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Claire Devers
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Credited cast:
Francis Frappat Francis Frappat ... Antoine
Jacques Martial ... Dominique
Joséphine Fresson Joséphine Fresson ... Edith
Claire Rigollier Claire Rigollier
Marc Berman Marc Berman ... Roland
Benoît Régent Benoît Régent
Isaach De Bankolé
Catherine Belkhodja Catherine Belkhodja ... Secretary
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Arnaud Carbonnier Arnaud Carbonnier
Christophe Galland Christophe Galland
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Antoine is an accountant, uptight and withdrawn, married to Edith, who picks out his clothes and shoes. He's assigned to a fitness gymnasium for a month to straighten out their books. The owner, M. Roland, encourages Antoine to use the facilities, including the massages, so Antoine goes to Dominique, a muscular African. In these sessions, Antoine discovers that the pain is comforting, and Dominique finds the accountant ideal for his own sadism. When Dominique breaks Antoine's arm and then goes to the hospital to take Antoine away, Antoine confesses his fascination with and fear of death. With Dominique's help, the accountant breaks all earthly ties to confront his fear. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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A Story of Sinister Ritual and Silent Desire.

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

19 November 1986 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Czarne i biale See more »

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Mono
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A dark, delicate look at perverse desire
25 July 2000 | by AfraciousSee all my reviews

Antoine is a quiet accountant who starts temporary work at a health club. While there he meets Dominique, a black masseur, and begins having sessions of massage by him. Gradually, the massages become more painful and arduous, but Antoine likes it more and more this way. The film focuses more on the emotional desire, rather than showing the pain inflicted. Mind games are played in the office where Antoine works, with other staff. It ultimately spins out of control into tragedy, and the ending is tortuous.


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