The Bait (1995 film)

The Bait (French: L'Appât), also known as Fresh Bait,[2][3] is a 1995 French film directed by Bertrand Tavernier about two boys and a girl who commit a murder, with the girl acting as a 'bait'.

Cover of French DVD edition
Directed byBertrand Tavernier
Produced byFrédéric Bourboulon
René Cleitman
Written byBertrand Tavernier
Colo Tavernier
StarringMarie Gillain
Olivier Sitruk
Bruno Putzulu
Music byPhilippe Haïm
CinematographyAlain Choquart
Edited byLuce Grunenwaldt
France 2 Cinéma
Little Bear production
M6 Films
Release date
  • 8 March 1995 (1995-03-08)
Running time
Budget$5.3 million
Box office$5.8 million[1]

The film is based on the 1990 book of the same name by Morgan Sportès, which is in turn based on the "Valérie Subra affair", a true event that happened in 1984.[4][5][6]



The film won the Golden Bear Award at the 45th Berlin International Film Festival.[7]

Gillain was nominated for the César Award for Most Promising Actress.[8]


  2. "Film File - L'appât". Internationale Filmfestspiele Berlin. Retrieved 6 January 2016.
  3. "DVD Verdict Review - Fresh Bait". DVD Verdict. 12 August 2005. Retrieved 6 January 2016.
  4. "Bertrand Tavernier - Partie 7" (in French)
  5. (in French)
  6. (in French)
  7. "Berlinale: 1995 Prize Winners". Retrieved 29 December 2011.
  8. "21ème Cérémonie des César". Le Cinéma français. Retrieved 6 January 2016.

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