To Paint or Make Love

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To Paint or Make Love
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Directed by Arnaud Larrieu
Jean-Marie Larrieu
Written by Arnaud Larrieu
Jean-Marie Larrieu
Produced by Philippe Martin
Starring Sabine Azéma
Daniel Auteuil
Amira Casar
Cinematography Christophe Beaucarne
Music by Philippe Katerine
Distributed byPyramide Distribution
Release dates
  • 18 May 2005 (2005-05-18)(Cannes)
  • 24 August 2005 (2005-08-24)(France)
Running time
100 minutes
Budget$4.8 million [1]
Box office$4.9 million [2]

To Paint or Make Love (French : Peindre ou faire l'amour) is a 2005 French film directed by Arnaud Larrieu and Jean-Marie Larrieu.


The film was nominated for the Palme d'Or at the 2005 Cannes Film Festival. [3]


The story is about a middle-aged couple, Madeleine and William who enjoy a comfortable, orderly life. They buy a house in a scenic rural setting and this changes their lives forever. They come across a younger pair, Adam and Eva, and the couples become attracted to each other. Their love results in an exploration of erotic desires and art in the idyllic French Alps.

As this unexpected journey begins, Madeleine and William try to comprehend what is happening in their lives and the swingers' lifestyle that they have fallen into. After a time. they find that the sexual interactions are both interesting and addictive.

When Adam and Eva leave France, Madeleine and William become unsettled and decide to sell their home and join Adam and Eva on a Pacific island. The house-for-sale advertisement attracts some interested couples to a house inspection when another couple emerges. Madeleine and William invite them to stay for dinner, which turns into an erotic adventure as it had with Adam and Eva.

Suddenly, Madeleine and William understand that they need not go to the Pacific for the lifestyle as they can find romantic interactions in their current settings. Their realization between is dramatic.


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  2. "To Paint or Make Love". Box Office Mojo . Retrieved 6 January 2022.
  3. "Festival de Cannes: To Paint or Make Love". Cannes Film Festival . Retrieved 21 December 2017.