Persécution is a 2009 romantic-drama film directed by Patrice Chéreau. It stars Romain Duris, Charlotte Gainsbourg and Jean-Hugues Anglade. It premiered on 5 September 2009 at the 66th Venice International Film Festival where it was nominated for the Golden Lion.

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Directed byPatrice Chéreau
Written byPatrice Chéreau
Anne-Louise Trividic
StarringRomain Duris
Charlotte Gainsbourg
Jean-Hugues Anglade
Hiam Abbass
CinematographyYves Cape
Edited byFrançois Gédigier
Music byÉric Neveux
Distributed byMars distribution
Release dates
  • 5 September 2009 (2009-09-05) (Venice Film Festival)
  • 9 December 2009 (2009-12-09) (France)
Running time
100 minutes
Box office$1.7 million[1]


Daniel, 35, is haunted by a stranger who regularly breaks into his house and spies on him. One day, the stranger, a seemingly harmless middle-aged man, confronts Daniel and tells him that he is the man of his life. Daniel is shocked by the admission and tells the stranger to stay away. Daniel has a girlfriend, Sonia, whom he persecutes yet also worships. Sonia prioritizes her career before her relationship with Daniel and ignores his needs.[2]



Ray Bennett of The Hollywood Reporter wrote, "Charismatic stars and the film's Gallic shrug of acceptance over the difficulties that being in love creates will take the film to festivals and art houses, but it's far from a classic".[3]

Award and nominationsEdit

Anglade, Chéreau and Duris at the Venice Film Festival

Venice Film Festival

César Awards


  1. ^ "Persécution". Retrieved 22 July 2021.
  2. ^ Synopsis Films de France. Retrieved 22 July 2021.
  3. ^ Bennett, Ray (5 September 2009). "Persecution — Film Review". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 22 July 2021.

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