The Blue Villa

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Un buit qui rend fou
Directed byAlain Robbe-Grillet
Dimitri de Clercq
Produced byJaques de Clercq
Domenique Fobe
Gerard Ruey
Jerome Paillard
Stephen Beckner
Jaqueline Pierreux
Written byAlain Robbe-Grillet
Dimitri de Clercq
StarringFred Ward
Arielle Dombasle
Sandrine Le Berre
Charles Tordjman
Dimitris Poulikakos
Michalis Maniatis
Christian Maillet
Distributed byNomad Films
Release date
  • 17 February 1995 (1995-02-17) (Berlin International Film Festival)
Running time
100 minutes
Budget2,700,000 BEF (= 600,000 $)

The Blue Villa (French title: Un bruit qui rend fou, A noise that renders one crazy or A maddening noise) is a 1995 French crime thriller film, directed by Alain Robbe-Grillet and starring Fred Ward. It was entered into the 45th Berlin International Film Festival.[1]


Living on an isolated Greek island are a few native Greeks; several Chinese who spend their days playing mahjong; Nordmann, a boozy screenwriter; and seductive Sarah la-Blonde, the madam at the Blue Villa, the town whorehouse, in which Sarah hides Santa, alias Lotus Blossom. Sarah is teaching Santa to sing an aria from Wagner. One day, Frank arrives on the island. At first, he does not speak and appears to be looking for something or someone, it is later learned that he was involved in the supposed death of Santa, who just might be Nordmann's daughter. It is up to the local police chief, Thieu, to figure out what parts of the story are true and what parts are fiction.


  • Fred Ward - Frank
  • Arielle Dombasle - Sarah la-Blonde
  • Charles Tordjman - Edouard 'Nord' Nordmann
  • Sandrine Le Berre - Santa
  • Dimitris Poulikakos - Police chief Thieu
  • Christian Maillet - The father
  • Muriel Jacobs - Kim
  • Michalis Maniatis - Mars


  1. ^ "Berlinale: 1995 Programme". Retrieved 2012-01-01.