9 Month Stretch

9 Month Stretch (French: 9 mois ferme) is a 2013 French comedy film written, directed by and starring Albert Dupontel. It was nominated for six categories at the 39th César Awards including Best Film and Best Director and Best Actor for Dupontel, winning Best Actress for its co-star Sandrine Kiberlain and Best Original Screenplay.[2][3]

9 Month Stretch
Film poster
Directed byAlbert Dupontel
Produced byCatherine Bozorgan
Written byAlbert Dupontel
StarringSandrine Kiberlain
Albert Dupontel
Music byChristophe Julien
CinematographyVincent Mathias
Edited byChristophe Pinel
Distributed byWild Bunch Distribution
Release date
  • 16 October 2013 (2013-10-16)
Running time
82 minutes
Budget$8.5 million
Box office$17.9 million[1]


Ariane Felder is pregnant. This is all the more surprising since this examining magistrate is an old-fashioned single person. But even more surprising is the fact that, according to DNA tests, the father is no other than Bob, a criminal prosecuted for atrocious assault and battery. Ariane, who does not remember anything, tries to understand what happened.



Dupontel was inspired by 10e chambre, instants d'audience, a documentary by Raymond Depardon in which judge Michèle Bernard-Requin appears. Bernard-Requin also plays a judge in Neuf mois ferme.

Dupontel originally intended to make Neuf mois ferme his first English-language film, with Emma Thompson playing Ariane Felder.

The name of the coroner Toulate ("too late") character comes from this first intention.[4] He chose to name his main character Ariane in reference to Ariadne as this character loses the thread. Attorney Trolos' name means stutterer in Ancient Greek.


César Awards

  • Best Actress (Sandrine Kiberlain)
  • Best Original Screenplay


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