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Of Woman and Magic (2000)
"La chambre des magiciennes" (original title)

TV Movie  |   |  Comedy, Drama  |  26 May 2000 (France)
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Claire Weygand, a thirty-year-old young woman who is about to defend her anthropology thesis, unfortunately not only feels bad but even worse and worse with each passing day. The migraine ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Claire Weygand
Annie Noël ...
Le docteur Fish
Jacques Mauclair ...
Le mari d'Eléonore
Mme Weygand - la mère de Claire
Marc Cennelier ...
M. Weygand - le père de Claire
Samantha Rénier ...
Marie Weygand - la soeur de Claire
Virginie Emane ...
L'infirmière Patricia
Josselin Siassia ...
L'infirmier Limoges (as Jocelyn Siassia)
Béatrice Nzaou Niambi ...
Valérie Bettencourt ...
La femme flic
Philippe Laudenbach ...
Le vieux docteur
Julien Boivent ...


Claire Weygand, a thirty-year-old young woman who is about to defend her anthropology thesis, unfortunately not only feels bad but even worse and worse with each passing day. The migraine attacks she suffers from indeed keep her from working as hard as she should and in despair she decides to consult Doctor Fish. When the medicine the physician prescribes for her fails, Claire, who can't take it any more, asks him to hospitalize her. In hospital, Claire shares her room with Odette, a young woman who has lost the use of her legs and Eléonore, a frightening old woman... Written by Guy Bellinger

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26 May 2000 (France)  »

Also Known As:

A varázslónők szobája  »

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This films features extracts from the following TV Game Shows: * "100% Question" & "Et 1 et 2 et 3" (courtesy of Les Productions Grundy-Groupe Pearson Télévision). See more »


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Miller in fine form
14 February 2004 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Claude Miller, working this time in digital film, has made another superb study of a young woman under great pressure (mainly self-applied) who manages to work through her trauma. After the Charlotte Gainsbourg films of the 80's, and the wonderful L'Accompagnatrice with Romane Bohringer, he's looking at burnout in a thirty-year-old anthropology student who has a break down just days before the oral defence of her thesis. Claire is stubborn, sarcastic with everyone, and doubting her academic vocation.

In a hospital room with two other women, one of them a very disturbed elderly woman given to nocturnal wanderings that tie the staff in knots, she comes to understand something of herself, why she fights with her parents, why she's in a no-win relationship with a married man, why her studies of African myth and symbol are going nowhere. The digital camera in the cramped room is used very effectively to maintain a claustrophobic mood.

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