Fear and Trembling

Released 2003


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Alain Corneau
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Fear and Trembling is a 2003 comedy that follows the story of Amelie (Sylvie Testud), a Japanese-born Belgian woman, who finds her dream job only to suffer a series of increasingly humiliating demotions. Amelie is excited at the beginning when she finally is able to tap into her Japanese side by landing a job as an interpreter at a large Japanese corporation. Eager to please her bosses and co-workers, Amelie makes it a point to finish her tasks on time and with unending enthusiasm. However, because she is unaware of the customs of the country, she makes some hilarious missteps much to the ire of her fellow workers. Soon, she becomes the oddball in the office and suffers a series of demotions that zap her initial excitement. As Amelie tries harder to correct her mistakes, her superiors seem to work harder to make life difficult for her. With no hope for a promotion, Amelie soon stumbles upon her own extraordinary means of liberation. Fear and Trembling was written and directed by Alain Corneau.moreless

Metacritic Score

  • 80

    The New York Times Dana Stevens

    Mr. Corneau, an eclectic director with a mildly perverse sensibility, turns the conflict of cultures into a psychodrama that is at once lighthearted and intense.

  • 80

    Variety Lisa Nesselson

    Classy, funny cross-cultural adventure is Alain Corneau's most accomplished and entertaining film since 1991's "Tous les matins du monde."

  • 70

    Los Angeles Times Kevin Thomas

    A dark comedy that reveals the stultifying rigidity of Japanese office life - which the film persuasively suggests endures to this day.

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Comedy, Drama


Foreign Language