Le Monde a l'Envers (1998)

Genres - Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Period Film, Romantic Drama, Sea Adventure  |   Run Time - 100 min.  |   Countries - Switzerland , France , Italy   |  
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Synopsis by Bhob Stewart

Rolando Colla made his directorial debut with this Swiss-French-Italian period drama about a Breton woman who disguises herself as a man to join a ship's crew during the 18th century. Rebellious 24-year-old Anne Bruneau (Laurence Cote) is abandoned at the altar by her fiancé Yann (Denis Lavant). Unaware that Yann was drunk and fell down a well, Anne reacts to his absence by cutting her hair, dressing like a man, and signing on with a ship captained by a dwarf (Jean-Claude Grenier). When Yann learns what happened, he begins running south to Marseilles to rejoin her. Aboard the ship, Anne's disguise is discovered by the captain and the ship's doctor (Yann Collette). With an Arab (Roschdy Zem), she jumps ship, hiding with hookers in Marseilles while still maintaining her disguise. The score is based on traditional tunes and gypsy music. Shown in competition at the 1998 Locarno Film Festival.