Sachs' Disease

Sachs' Disease

Film poster
Directed by Michel Deville
Produced by Rosalinde Deville
Screenplay by Michel Deville
Rosalinde Deville
Based on La Maladie de Sachs
by Martin Winckler
Starring Albert Dupontel
Cinematography André Diot
Edited by Andrea Sedláčková
France 2 Cinéma
Renn Productions
Distributed by Pathé
Release dates
  • 22 September 1999 (1999-09-22)
Running time
107 minutes
Country France
Language French
Budget $4.1 million
Box office $4.1 million[1]

Sachs' Disease (original title: La Maladie de Sachs) is a 1999 French drama film directed by Michel Deville from a novel by Martin Winckler. It won the French Syndicate of Cinema Critics Prix Méliès, and received César nominations for Best Actor, Best Director and Best Writing.


Dr. Bruno Sachs, the only medical practitioner in a small French town, seems on the surface to be compassionate and dedicated. However, in private he is not happy in his work and does not like most of his patients, which include a heart patient who refuses life-saving surgery, and a man whose wife wants sex three times a day, the strain of which is causing his body to wear out. To supplement his income, Dr. Sachs performs abortions in a nearby town. Here he meets Pauline Kasser, a young woman, and they are attracted to each other. While she is not interested in a traditional courtship, she would like to consummate their relationship. A few days later she bumps into him in a book shop, and their relationship seems to start to blossom.



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