Epithete Films is an independent movie production company that specializes in feature films, run by Frédéric Brillion and Gilles Legrand.



Synopsis  /  East of France, December 1917. In a village situated close to the front but protected from it by a hillside, the body of Belle de Jour, a little girl, is found by the canal. Judge Mierck, assisted by Colonel Matzev representing the Armed Forces, investigates the case in his own way. The fact that the young victim's corpse lies a few yards from the manor of Destinat, the withdrawn, haughty-looking district attorney who has always despised and humiliated him, doesn't escape him. To make matters worse, a witness has seen the magistrate not only talking with Belle but patting her cheek as well minutes before the little girl was strangled. But vengeance is one thing and class privileges another...

Directed by / 

Yves Angelo

Screenplay - adaptation / 

Philippe Claudel and Yves Angelo, based on the novel « Les Ames Grises » by Philippe Claudel, Editions Stock © 2003

Cast / 

Jacques Villeret, Jean-Pierre Marielle, Denis Podalydès, Marina Hands

Coproduction / 

Epithète Films, France 2 Cinéma

Distribution / 

Warner Bros. Pictures France

International sales / 

Le Petit Bureau

Release date / 

28 September 2005

Awards and festivals / 

  • Les César du Cinéma Français, 2006, 3 nominations
  • Festival International du Film de Münich, Allemagne, 2006
  • Colcoa, USA, 2006
  • Rendez-vous with French Cinéma, NY, USA, 2006