GenreRomance, Drama ScreenplayAlain Tanner, John Berger CountrySwitzerland
Release date28 February 1974 (1974-02-28) WriterJohn Berger, Alain Tanner Initial releaseSeptember 11, 1974 (France) CastOlimpia Carlisi (Adriana), Philippe Léotard (Paul), Juliet Berto (Juliette), Denise Péron (Schmidt) Similar moviesRelated Alain Tanner movies
The Middle of the World (French: Le Milieu du monde) is a 1974 Swiss-French romance film directed by Alain Tanner. The film was selected as the Swiss entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 47th Academy Awards, but was not accepted as a nominee. It was screened at the 2011 International Filmfestival Mannheim-Heidelberg.
The married young Swiss politician Paul gives an election speech in a restaurant and falls in love with an Italian waitress named Adriana who works there. Their love affair becomes quickly public knowledge. Paul's wife abandons him and takes their child with her. His damaged reputation makes him lose the election. He seeks solace by concentrating on his relationship with Adriana, yet she feels she was only a kind of object for him and leaves him too.