The Adversary (film)

The Adversary (French: L'Adversaire) is a 2002 French drama film directed by Nicole Garcia, starring Daniel Auteuil and Géraldine Pailhas.[1]

The Adversary
Film poster
Directed byNicole Garcia
Produced byAlain Sarde
Written byFrederic Belier-Garcia
Jacques Fieschi, from the book by Emmanuel Carrère
StarringDaniel Auteuil
Géraldine Pailhas
Music byAngelo Badalamenti
CinematographyJean-Marc Fabre
Edited byEmmanuelle Castro
Distributed byBac Films
Release date
  • 28 August 2002 (2002-08-28)
Running time
130 minutes
Box office9,062,658 €


The film is based on the 2000 book of the same name by Emmanuel Carrère which is inspired by the real-life story of Jean-Claude Romand. L'Adversaire's protagonist Jean-Marc Faure (Auteuil) pursues an imaginary career as a doctor of medicine in a plot more closely based on Romand's life and Carrère's book than was Laurent Cantet's 2001 film L'Emploi du Temps.



The film was nominated for a Palme d'Or at the 2002 Cannes Film Festival.[2] At the César Awards 2003 Auteuil was nominated as Best actor, François Cluzet as Best supporting actor and Emmanuelle Devos as Best supporting actress.


  1. "The Adversary". Retrieved 2015-11-15.
  2. "Festival de Cannes: The Adversary". Retrieved 2009-10-25.
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