Élisa is a French drama film directed by Jean Becker and starring Vanessa Paradis, Gérard Depardieu, Clotilde Courau, Firmine Richard and Florence Thomassin. It was released in 1995.

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Directed byJean Becker
Produced byHenri Brichetti
Christian Fechner
Written byJean Becker
Fabrice Carazo
StarringVanessa Paradis
Gérard Depardieu
Music byMichel Colombier
Serge Gainsbourg
Zbigniew Preisner
CinematographyÉtienne Becker
Edited byJacques Witta
Distributed byGaumont Buena Vista International
Release date
  • 1 February 1995 (1995-02-01)
Running time
115 minutes
Budget$11.1 million
Box office$18.5 million[1]


Marie is a teenage girl living a semi-criminal life with her friends on the streets of Paris. Her mother, Élisa, suffering from poverty, abandoned by her husband and estranged from her parents, had tried to kill her when she was very young and subsequently committed suicide, while her father has never been part of her life. One day she decides to find and take revenge on her father for not helping her when she was a child. When she finds him she realises that she cannot kill her own father, at least not before he has had the chance to explain.



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