un film de / a film by

Frederick Wiseman

avec / with Nathalie Boutefeu


UN COUPLE is a film about a long term relationship between a man and a woman. The man is Leo Tolstoy. The woman is his wife, Sophia (Nathalie Boutefeu). They were married for 36 years, had 13 children nine of whom survived. Each kept a diary. Although they lived together, in the same house, they wrote letters frequently to each other.
The Tolstoy’s were also a dysfunctional couple, arguing frequently and being very unhappy with each other while occasionally enjoying passionate moments of reconciliation. The film is Sophia’s monologue about the joys and struggles of their life together, loosely drawn from their letters to each other and their diary entries.
The film was shot in a beautiful garden on Belle Ile, an island off the coast of Brittany.

Leon et Sophia Tolstoï ont formé un couple hors norme : 36 ans de mariage, 13 enfants, des disputes intenses, des moments de réconciliation passionnés…
Dans la nature expressive d’une île sauvage, Sophia se confie sur son admiration et sa crainte pour l’auteur de Guerre et paix, sur les joies et les affres de leur vie commune.

Etats-Unis / 2022 / 1h03

Production : Zipporah Films

International Sales : The Party Films Sales

Distribution France : Météore Films


Venice 2022 / Competition