Irma Vep
Irma Vep (1996)

A has-been French filmmaker makes a desperate comeback attempt with an homage to "Les Vampires." Maggie plays a cat-like jewel thief and discovers that the director is a laughing stock. Becoming totally immersed in her part,… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: September 28, 1996
DVD Release Date: March 31, 1998
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Critic Score: 91% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
David Edelstein

Irma Vep's director, Olivier Assayas, evinces a love of the process that's nearly as palpable as Truffaut's.

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Janet Maslin
New York Times

Minor but witty.

Emanuel Levy

Light, playful, and self-reflexive, Assayas' film is a mi or work but it's enjoyable and boasts a graceful performance from Maggie Cheung.

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David Rooney

Slender but appealing.

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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times

As effortless as a shrug and boasts a film buff's dream cast.

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Fernando F. Croce
Slant Magazine

The post-modern compulsions on display here may bring movies together, but they also keep people apart.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

A delightfully nonchalant movie, complete with some nice satirical barbs aimed at contemporary French film culture, and fine performances throughout.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

Scripted in ten days and shot in less than a month, the film unravels like a delirious piece of automatic writing, though in this case the sinister implications apply to a very different world -- our own.


A wonderful tribute to filmmaking that could only be made in France, it has delightful performances and a low-budget style -- like the film it parodies -- which work beautifully.

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Flixster Audience Score: 71% Flixster User Reviews
Nicki Marie
Style over substance, but it works. And just as well, because there is not much of an actual storyline. Actress Maggie travels to France to star in a remake… More
John Ballantine
Shades of the later Tristram Shandy and earlier Truffaut films, we have the story of a film within a film and all the drama that occurs outside of where the… More
Jim Hunter
A director tries to remake Les Vampires. I'm not really sure what I saw. On the one hand, I see some clever satire about French film here, especially with… More
Brett Warren
A movie about a failed movie that ends up being a failed movie...gee...what paradox. Save yourself an hour and thirty minutes and just skip to the 55 min mark… More
El Hombre Invisible
Burned out new wave director, played by one-time Truffaut alter ego Jean-Pierre Léaud, decides to remake Louis Feuillade's french melodrama, Les Vampires,… More
Anthony Valletta
Lots of inside jokes, especially for fans of Truffaut.