This Sweet Sickness (film)

Dites-lui que je l'aime
Directed by Claude Miller
Produced by Maurice Bernart
Hubert Niogret
Written by Claude Miller
Luc Béraud
Patricia Highsmith (novel)
Starring Gérard Depardieu
Claude Piéplu
Dominique Laffin
Christian Clavier
Josiane Balasko
Music by Alain Jomy
Cinematography Pierre Lhomme
Edited by Jean-Bernard Bonis
Distributed by AMLF/Filmoblic/France 3 Cinema/Prospectacle
Release dates
  • 28 September 1977 (1977-09-28)
Running time
107 minutes
Country France
Language French
Box office $3.5 million[1]

Dites-lui que je l'aime (English: Tell Her I Love Her) is a 1977 French film directed by Claude Miller and starring Gérard Depardieu and Miou-Miou. It is based on the 1961 novel This Sweet Sickness by Patricia Highsmith.


David Martinaud is an accountant who leaves town for the weekends on the pretense that he is going to the old age home to care for his aging parents, who are in fact dead. He is really fixing up a chalet, where he intends to move in with Lise, who he has loved since childhood. However, Lise is just married to another and has a child, but this does not stop the warped and depressed David from pursuing his dream, which is motivated by a deep-seeted feeling of sexual inadequacy.



The film received six César nominations, for best director, actor, actress, cinematography, production design and sound.


  1. "Dites-lui que je l'aime (1977)". JP Box Office. Retrieved 1977-09-28. Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
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