Sérail (1976) AKA Surreal Estate


Eric is a novelist whose imagination is unusually powerful. While exploring a run-down mansion in the French countryside, looking for sites for his stories, he meets a girl dressed in clothes from another time. Returning to the site, he encounters a modern woman who says he probably met a ghost. He is fascinated by the situation which cannot be what it seems.

Director: Eduardo de Gregorio.
Stars: Leslie Caron, Bulle Ogier, Marie-France Pisier, Corin Redgrave, Marilyn Jones, Pierre Baudry. AKA Surreal Estate


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  1. James558
    January 29, 2019

    Great, Jon! Thanks! Lots of great titles this week!

  2. Michael
    April 1, 2019

    this film keeps on escaping me, thanks to the great man Jon. finally caught up with it.

  3. James V Ruocco
    August 28, 2022

    A hypnotic piece of French cinema. Edgy. Dramatic. Alluring.

  4. Sarah Koch
    November 25, 2022

    Love this film. The title, of course, is the French word for harem. The Henry James connection (“The Aspern Papers,” “The Ghostly Rental”} plus Lewis Carroll’s Alice Through the Looking Glass and Scheherazade/Arabian Nights makes for a marvelously complex and engrossing film. It’s well worth watching, imo.

  5. Eric Wall
    January 24, 2024

    Great ghostly story.

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