Sidonie in Japan

Sidonie in Japan

While on a book tour in Japan, Sidonie Perceval, still haunted by the ghost of her late husband, begins an affair with her mysterious Japanese publisher.

1h 35min
July 4, 2024

Sidonie in Japan captures the connection between past and present, the end of mourning and the beginning of love, the meeting of two characters who embody France and Japan...

"[French filmmaker Élise Girard] finds the perfect means of expression in her new opus, the delectable Sidonie in Japan" Cineuropa

"a winning two-hander between Huppert and Tsuyoshi Ihara" Variety

"Isabelle Huppert gives this gently drifting ghost story a soul" Variety

"a clever and thoughtful look at a woman finding new purpose at a late age" – The Hollywood Reporter

"a quietly touching tale of grief and ghosts" – The Hollywood Reporter


Sidonie Perceval (Isabelle Huppert), an established French writer, is mourning her deceased husband.

Invited to Japan for the reedition of her first book, she is welcomed by her local editor who takes her to Kyoto, the city of shrines and temples. As they travel together through the Japanese spring blossoms, she slowly opens up to him.

But the ghost of her husband follows Sidonie: she will have to finally let go of the past to let herself love again.

PG - Mild themes and sexual references

Directed by Elise Girard

Starring Isabelle Huppert (Elle, 8 Women), August Diehl (Inglourious Basterds), Tsuyoshi Ihara


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  • Release Date
    July 4, 2024
  • Runtime
    1 hour 35 minutes

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