This Sweet Sickness (Dites-lui que je l'aime) 44 years old

This Sweet Sickness

French filmmaker Claude Miller's This Sweet Sickness is based on a suspense novel by Patricia Highsmith, of Strangers on a Train fame. In the original, the murder-protagonist was a psychotic, pure and simple (if such words are appropriate here!) In Miller's version, the "hero," David, is a pathetic creature, motivated by humiliation and sexual inadequacy; thus the emphasis is not on his heinous crimes but on his warped personality. The director's noirish decision to stage much of the action in the dark, or the rain, or both, is a function of David's deep depression. As in his other films, Miller uses water as an omen of evil; you've seldom seen a more foreboding swimming pool than the one in This Sweet Sickness. The film was originally released as Dites-lui que je l'aime.


This Sweet Sickness Cast

Name Character
Gérard Depardieu He was 28, now 73 years old as David Martinaud
Véronique Silver She was 46, 78 years old when she died as Madame Barbet
Christian Clavier He was 25, now 70 years old as François
Josiane Balasko She was 27, now 72 years old as Nadine
Dominique Laffin She was 25, 33 years old when she died as Lise
Xavier Saint-Macary He was 29, 39 years old when he died as Michel Barbet
Annick Le Moal as Camille
Michel Pilorgé He was 31, now 76 years old as Maurice
Jacques Denis He was 34, 72 years old when he died as Gérard Dutilleux
Claude Piéplu He was 54, 82 years old when he died as Choiun
Miou-Miou She was 27, now 72 years old as Juliette

This Sweet Sickness Crew

Name Department
Patricia Highsmith as Novel. She was 56 (74) years old when She died Writing
Alain Jomy as Original Music Composer. He was 36 (now 81) years old Sound
Jean-Bernard Bonis as Editor. Editing
Hilton McConnico as Production Design. He was 34 (74) years old when He died Art
Hilton McConnico as Costume Design. He was 34 (74) years old when He died Costume & Make-Up
Pierre Lhomme as Director of Photography. He was 47 (89) years old when He died Camera
Claude Miller as Director. He was 35 (70) years old when He died Directing
Claude Miller as Screenplay. He was 35 (70) years old when He died Writing
Maurice Bernart as Producer. He was 45 (now 89) years old Production
Luc Béraud as Screenplay. He was 31 (now 76) years old Writing
Hubert Niogret as Producer. Production
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This Sweet Sickness (44 years)

  • Release day: Wednesday, September 28, 1977
  • Runtime: 102 minutes