The Middle of the World (1974 film)

The Middle of the World (French: Le Milieu du monde) is a 1974 Swiss-French romance film directed by Alain Tanner. The film was selected as the Swiss entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 47th Academy Awards, but was not accepted as a nominee.[1] It was screened at the 2011 International Filmfestival Mannheim-Heidelberg.[2]

The Middle of the World
Directed byAlain Tanner
Produced byYves Gasser
Written byJohn Berger
Alain Tanner
StarringOlimpia Carlisi
Juliet Berto
Music byPatrick Moraz
CinematographyRenato Berta
Edited byBrigitte Sousselier
Release date
  • 28 February 1974 (1974-02-28)
Running time
115 minutes


The married young Swiss politician Paul gives an election speech in a restaurant and falls in love with an Italian waitress named Adriana who works there. Their love affair becomes quickly public knowledge. Paul's wife abandons him and takes their child with her. His damaged reputation makes him lose the election. He seeks solace by concentrating on his relationship with Adriana, yet she feels she was only a kind of object for him and leaves him too.


See also


  1. Margaret Herrick Library, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
  2. "International Filmfestival Mannheim-Heidelberg". Retrieved 18 March 2012.
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