The Shade
French release poster
Directed byRaphael Nadjari
Written byRaphael Nadjari
Produced byGeoffroy Grison
Francesca Feder
StarringRichard Edson
Lorie Marino
CinematographyLaurent Brunet
Edited byTom Donahue
Music byJohn Surman
Release date
  • 21 May 1999 (1999-05-21) (Cannes)
CountryUnited States

The Shade is a 1999 film directed by Raphael Nadjari and starring Richard Edson and Lorie Marino. Nadjari's debut feature, it is a modern adaptation of Fyodor Dostoyevsky's short story "A Gentle Creature" (1876), and takes place in contemporary New York City.


The film tells the story of a Jewish middle aged pawnbroker who meets a mysterious woman who will become his wife without their truly knowing each other. The film begins with Simon, alone in his apartment with the corpse of his wife, Anna, who has just committed suicide. In his grief, he remembers the first time he met her, a year ago when she walked into his pawnbroker's shop in Spanish Harlem. Mysterious Anna, who seems to come from nowhere, impresses solitary Simon with her beauty, and he proposes to her on their first night out. They then enter into a passionate relationship that will lead her to death.

Awards and nominations


  1. ^ "Festival de Cannes: The Shade". Retrieved 2009-10-10.