CH 1982 105'
Director: Daniel Schmid
Script: Daniel Schmid, Pascal Jardin
Camera: Renato Berta
Sound: Luc Yersin, Bernard Rochut
Editing:: Nicole Lubtchansky
Music:: Carlo d'Alessio
Production:: T&C Film
With: Lauren Hutton, Bernard Giraudeau, Jean Bouise, Jean-Pierre Kalfon, Gérard Desarthe, Juliette Brac
"HECATE is a strangely fascinating film, tightly directed and magnificently photographed by the champion of Swiss cameraman, Renato Berta. Is is a nocturnal film but Berta makes the night shine and glitter. Lauren Hutton is cast as a mystery-woman type which she fills to perfection."
"INDIA SUNG and Somerset Maugham come together in HECATE set amid the European community in an unspecified North African country, a colony on the verge of nationalism just before the war. And colonized is what happens to a French diplomat, Julien Rochelle, when he meets the mysterious beauty Clothilde de Watteville. Schmid 's favorite axiom, that love is projection, never had such a thorough airing. Is Clothilde (played by the American actress Lauren Hutton) really the wife of a French official now holed up in Siberia? Or is she Hecate, goddess of black magic and devourer of the Arab boys she meets far from the European quarter? Only our projections know for sure; for the rest, she is a "woman looking out into the night." Drawn from a novel by Paul Morand, who based the main character on his wife Helene, Schmid's film achieves an atmosphere of magic in which psychological credibility is not so much absent as irrelevant-a film that distances itself from the drama it invokes, perhaps as the elusive Clothilde turns her back on the madness she provokes."
Pacific Film Archive, Berkely, CA