Sagan (2008)

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  • IMDb page: Sagan (2008)
  • Rate: 5.9/10 total 409 votes 
  • Genre: Biography
  • Release Date: 11 June 2008 (France)
  • Runtime: France:180 min (2 parts) | 117 min (theatrical version)
  • Filming Location: Casino Barrière – 2 Rue Edmond Blanc, Deauville, Calvados, France
  • Director: Diane Kurys
  • Stars: Sylvie Testud, Pierre Palmade and Jeanne Balibar
  • Original Music By: Armand Amar   
  • Soundtrack: Twist à Saint Tropez
  • Sound Mix: Dolby SR
  • Plot Keyword: Reference To Sarah Bernhardt | Mother Son Relationship | Cocaine | Purse | Paris France

Writing Credits By:

    (in alphabetical order)

  • Diane Kurys  writer
  • Claire Lemaréchal  writer
  • Martine Moriconi  writer

Known Trivia

  • “Sagan” was originally produced and shot as a two-part TV miniseries (2 x 90′). When seeing it, Luc Besson (director, producer but also distributor) decided to purchase the screen rights and released it after having trimmed it down to a two hour feature film.

Goofs: Anachronisms: When Françoise chooses her pen name, we can see the bar code on the back cover of the book. Such detail could not exist in the 1950s.

Plot: France, 1950s. From the Quartier Latin to Saint-Tropez via New York, a young Parisienne becomes the icon of a whole generation… See more » |  »

Story: France, 1950s. From the Quartier Latin to Saint-Tropez via New York, a young Parisienne becomes the icon of a whole generation. In 1954, 19-year-old Francoise Sagan shot to fame with her first novel, Bonjour Tristesse. Flamboyant, scandalous and underrated, Sagan lived her life at the furthest edge of excess. She won and lost fortunes at the roulette table, bought and crashed superb sports cars, drank, danced and partied, leaving a trail of lovers in her wake.Written by The Film Catalogue  

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Produced By:

  • Catherine Grandjean known as executive producer
  • Diane Kurys known as producer
  • Romain Richard known as assistant producer
  • Cindy Tempez known as associate producer
  • Alexandre Arcady known as producer (uncredited)

FullCast & Crew:

  • Sylvie Testud known as Françoise Quoirez dite Sagan
  • Pierre Palmade known as Jacques Chazot
  • Jeanne Balibar known as Peggy Roche
  • Arielle Dombasle known as Astrid
  • Lionel Abelanski known as Bernard Frank
  • Guillaume Gallienne known as Jacques Quoirez
  • Denis Podalydès known as Guy Schoeller
  • Bruno Wolkowitch known as Philippe (Complete TV version)
  • Samuel Labarthe known as René Julliard
  • Margot Abascal known as Florence Malraux
  • Gwendoline Hamon known as Suzanne Quoirez
  • Chantal Neuwirth known as Mme Lebreton
  • Silvie Laguna known as Mme Bartoli
  • Alexis Michalik known as Denis Westhoff 23 / 33ans
  • William Miller known as Robert 'Bob' Westhoff
  • Alexia Stresi known as Paola
  • Nora Habib known as Françoise Verny
  • Bernard Crombey known as Pierre Quoirez
  • Hélène Arié known as Mme Quoirez
  • Victor Sévaux known as Denis Westhoff 13 / 15ans
  • Yann Babilée known as Henri Berkowich (as Yann Babilée Keogh)
  • Alain Stern known as Le haut fonctionnaire
  • Rita Falcone known as Pepita
  • Jean-Claude de Goros known as Le propriétaire de la villa
  • Mathias Mégard known as Pierrot
  • Alexis Sellam known as Max
  • Laurent Gérard known as L'ami de Schoeller
  • Guillaume Carré known as Voldemar
  • Didier Raymond known as Le docteur Lavaux
  • Florent Bigot de Nesles known as Le journaliste people
  • Frédéric Longbois known as Le journaliste mondain
  • Cédric Dioméde known as Le journaliste catho
  • Caroline Pascal known as L'infirmière à Honfleur
  • Caroline le Moing known as L'infirmière à la maternité
  • Suzanne Marty known as L'infirmière à la Salpêtrière
  • Bénédicte Charpiat known as L'infirmière à la maison de repos
  • William Prünck known as L'interne à l'hôpital de Lisieux
  • Agnès Château known as Régine
  • Pascal Ternisien known as L'employé aux impôts
  • Cindy Tempez known as La femme au vestiaire
  • Jenny Arasse known as Florence Gould
  • Sophie Meurisse known as L'admiratrice à la librairie
  • Lionel Mur known as Maître Zylberstein
  • Marc Schapira known as Le médecin au laboratoire
  • Mirabelle Kirkland known as La jeune américaine
  • Stéphane Roux known as Le vendeur à la librairie
  • Nicole Dubois known as La cliente de la librairie
  • Marie Boissard known as L'agent immobilier
  • Philippe Bertin known as L'acheteur
  • Ana Bara known as La femme de chambre #1
  • Victoria Sáez known as La femme de chambre #2 (as Victoria Saez)
  • Guillaume Denaiffe known as Le jeune amant
  • Alexandre Boussat known as François
  • Gurvan Cloatre known as Charles Rolan-Chabot (as Gurvan Cloâtre)
  • Jade Rivette known as Françoise Quoirez à 8 ans
  • Virginie Morin-Brucker known as Le notaire #1
  • Jean-Marc Chesseret known as Le notaire #2
  • Lionel Lorans known as Le concierge à l'hôtel Raphaël
  • Clémence Lenorman known as La fiancée de Denis
  • Daniel Bilalian known as Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
  • Charles de Gaulle known as Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
  • François Mitterrand known as Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
  • Alain Pointier known as Le serveur (uncredited)
  • Bernard Rapp known as Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
  • Rémy Roubakha known as Le flic perquisition (uncredited)

..{tab=Supporting Department}Makeup Department:

  • Jean-Christophe Roger known as makeup artist
  • Jimmy Springard known as assistant hair stylist
  • Nathalie Tissier known as key makeup artist

Art Department:

  • Stephanie Angrand known as art department assistant
  • Gilles Graziano known as computer graphic designer
  • Denis Lourenco known as painter
  • Etienne Mercier known as props buyer


Production Companies:

  • Alexandre Films
  • France 2 (FR2)

Other Companies:

  • Citéstéréo  titles
  • Moteur!  publicity


  • Benelux Film Distribution (2008) (Netherlands) (theatrical)
  • Mont-Blanc Distribution (2008) (Switzerland) (theatrical)
  • Schwarz/Weiss Filmverleih (2008) (Germany) (theatrical)
  • Showgate (2009) (Japan) (theatrical)
  • Svensk Filmindustri (SF) (2008) (Sweden) (theatrical)
  • Svensk Filmindustri (2008) (Denmark) (theatrical)
  • Svensk Filmindustri (2008) (Finland) (theatrical)
  • Svensk Filmindustri (2008) (Norway) (theatrical)
  • CN Entertainment (2009) (Hong Kong) (DVD)
  • EuropaCorp. Distribution (2008) (France) (all media)
  • Fox Pathé Europa (2008) (France) (DVD)
  • France 2 (FR2) (200?) (France) (TV)
  • Lumière Home Entertainment (2009) (Belgium) (DVD)
  • Lumière Home Entertainment (2009) (Netherlands) (DVD)

..{tab=Other Stuff}Visual Effects by:

  • Lohengrin Braconnier known as assistant colorist
  • Philippe Frère known as digital compositor
  • Gianni Manno known as digital compositing artist
  • Jean-Francois Michelas known as visual effects supervisor
  • Fredrik Monteil known as digital compositor
  • Rodney Musso known as assistant colorist: Digital Factory
  • Julien Record known as digital compositor
  • Virginie Wintrebert known as visual effects coordinator

Release Date:

  • Israel June 2008 (Tel Aviv Film Festival)
  • France 11 June 2008
  • Switzerland 16 June 2008 (French speaking region)
  • Belgium 16 July 2008
  • Netherlands 22 August 2008 (Noorderzon Festival Groningen)
  • France 30 September 2008 (edited version) (part 1)
  • France 1 October 2008 (edited version) (part 2)
  • Netherlands 2 October 2008
  • Sweden 17 October 2008
  • Norway 21 November 2008
  • France 26 December 2008 (DVD premiere)
  • Australia 2009
  • Germany 1 January 2009
  • Iceland 16 January 2009 (French Film Festival)
  • Japan 14 March 2009 (Festival du Film Français au Japon)
  • Canada 17 March 2009 (DVD premiere)
  • Japan 6 June 2009
  • New Zealand 2010
  • USA 11 January 2010 (Palm Springs International Film Festival)
  • Greece 14 July 2011


Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database

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