This Sweet Sickness (film)

Dites-lui que je l'aime (English: Tell Her I Love Her) is a 1977 French film directed by Claude Miller and starring Gérard Depardieu and Miou-Miou. It is based on the 1961 novel This Sweet Sickness by Patricia Highsmith.

Dites-lui que je l'aime
Directed byClaude Miller
Produced byMaurice Bernart
Hubert Niogret
Written byClaude Miller
Luc Béraud
Patricia Highsmith (novel)
StarringGérard Depardieu
Music byAlain Jomy
CinematographyPierre Lhomme
Edited byJean-Bernard Bonis
Distributed byAMLF/Filmoblic/France 3 Cinema/Prospectacle
Release date
  • 28 September 1977 (1977-09-28)
Running time
107 minutes
Box office$3.5 million[1]


David Martinaud is an accountant who leaves town for the weekends on the pretense that he is going to the old age home to care for his aging parents, who are in fact dead. He is really fixing up a chalet, where he intends to move in with Lise, who he has loved since childhood. However, Lise is just married to another and has a child, but this does not stop the warped and depressed David from pursuing his dream, which is motivated by a deep-seeted feeling of sexual inadequacy.



The film received six César nominations, for best director, actor, actress, cinematography, production design and sound.


  1. "Dites-lui que je l'aime (1977)". JP Box Office. Retrieved 1977-09-28. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
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