EN - Malaysia, in the fifties. Raymond, a wealthy rubber planter is going to die. He decides to leave all his fortune to his daughter Loulou who lives in Europe. Marcel, his friend and associate, is angry about this decision he finds unfair. He decides to make his way to Europe… Marcel arrives in the Roxy, a cabaret along the Meuse sides, in Belgium. He meets Loulou, the Roxy’s star and all the characters living around her in this microcosm. Loulous sings and dances like a puppet. Shining angel on the stage, manipulating demon in life. Little by little, Marcel gets into this world and breaks up the balance which was fragile…


Title Ties and Ropes
Original title L' amour en suspens
Original language French, English
Status Completed
Category Features
Year 1999


Cast Marc Duret, Inge Paulussen, Andréa Ferreol
Photography Rémon Fromont
Editing Philippe Ravoet
Music Arno

Technical specs

Running time film 85'
Release format 35 mm



Cathay Organisation Filmmakers Seminar (SG); Festival International du Cinéma Francophone en Acadie (CA); International Filmfestival of Flanders (BE); Festival des Jeunes Réalisateurs de Saint Jean de Luz (FR); Calcutta Film Festival (IN); Festival of European Cinema Kuala Lumpur (MY); Golden Rooster and Hundred Flowers Film Festival (CN); Festival International du Film D’Aubagne (FR); Festival du Film d’Amour (BE); Cinémania Barbezieux (FR); International Film Festival of Kerala (IN); Forum - Festival International du Film de Cannes (FR); Ecrans Noirs du Cinéma Africain et Francophone (CM); Quinzaine du Cinéma Francophone Paris (FR); International Filmfestival of Flanders Gent (BE); Festival del Cinema Belga Francofono (IT); EUREKA Istanbul Screenings (TR)


Prix du Jury Des Jeunes - Festival Des Jeunes Réalisateurs de St.-Jean De Luz (FR); Prix de la Meilleure Interpretation (Inge Paulussen), Prix Cine-Cinemas - Festival International Film D’Aubagne (FR); Mention Speciale du Jury pour le Scenario - Festival de L’Amour (BE); Joseph Plateau/SABAM Prize (music by Arno) (BE)

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Last edited on 13 June 2017

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