A Flame in My Heart

Une flamme dans mon coeur
by Alain Tanner 1h46min Switzerland 1987
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Film details

A Flame in My Heart
by Alain Tanner

The painful ending of a love story binding an over-30-year-old woman and a North African, and the beginning and end of a relationship she also has with an "established" journalist she meets in the subway. The stories illustrate the absolute claim of a woman who can only understand love in terms of life and death, an attitude that generally makes love appear dramatic, but at least burning and flickering, like the flame that glows in her heart.

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  • Myriam Mézières : Mercedes
  • Aziz Kabouche : Johnny
  • Benoît Régent : Pierre
  • And with: Biana , Jean-Yves Berteloot, André Marcon, Anne Rucki, Jean-Gabriel Nordmann


  • Director Alain Tanner
  • Scenario Myriam Mézières
  • Photo director Acácio de Almeida
  • Sound Joaquim Pinto
  • Editing Laurent Uhler
  • Producer Paulo Branco
  • Production Compagny CAB Productions, Filmargem, Filmograph, Garance Films, La Sept Cinéma, Radio Télévision Suisse (RTS)

Technical information

  • Aspect ratio1.66:1
  • Printed film format35 mm
  • Original sound mixMono
  • Production1987
  • Release date for France05/27/1987
  • CategoryFeature film
  • ColorBlack and White
  • LanguageFrench
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