Villa des Roses
Paris 1913. In the ‘Villa des Roses’, a small boarding house, the arrival of the new maid, Louise, brings about a welcome change. The male guests try everything they can to seduce Louise, but only the charming Mr Grünewald meets with any success. Louise gives not only her heart to him but also her body. When she discovers that she is pregnant she hides it from him, while he has lost his interest in Louise Grünewald has a new focus for his attentions…
Villa des Roses is a bitter-sweet story about the other side of love and romance.
Belgian director Frank Van Passel read Willem Elsschots’ Villa des Roses at the age of fourteen. Twenty years later he decided to make the film and was honoured by the critics for it’s visual qualities. In 2001 ‘Villa des Roses’ won the prize for the best film of the year at the Hollywood filmfestival.
Year of release
Julie Delpy, Shaun Dingwall, Harriet Walter, Shirley Henderson, Timothy West, Frank Vercruyssen, Jan Declair, Halina Reijn, Rifka Lodeizen
Frank van Passel
Christophe Dirickx and Frank van Passel
Director(s) of Photography
Ludo Troch and Karin Vaerenberg
Paul M. van Brugge
Johan van Essche
Favourite Films, Belgium
Isabella Films, Dan Films (United Kingdom), Samsa Film (Luxembourg)
Allumination FilmWorks LLC