Private Project

Too much love will kill you

A Russian woman runs away her boring Parisian life and land in Beirut, city of chaos and violence, in order to work as a cabaret dancer. She meets marginal people who are taking her in an endless drift-away...

  • Christophe Karabache
  • Christophe Karabache
  • Marina Kitaeva
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Feature
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 47 minutes 5 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    July 3, 2012
  • Country of Origin:
  • Country of Filming:
  • Language:
  • Shooting Format:
  • Aspect Ratio:
  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Louisville's International Festival of Film
    United States
    September 30, 2012
  • The Hong Kong ArtHouse Film Festival

    June 22, 2016
  • Lebanese Film Festival
    September 12, 2013
  • MJC Picaud
    December 9, 2012
  • Cinema Studio Galande
    January 23, 2013
    Premiere (Theatrical release)
  • L' Âge d'Or International Arthouse Film Festival
    Outstanding Achievement Award (Post-Modern Film)
Distribution Information
  • Visiosfeir Distribution
    Country: France
Director Biography - Christophe Karabache

Christophe Karabache is a French-Lebanese filmmaker.
Born in Beirut in 1979, he completed his Masters in Cinema Studies at Université Paris III - Sorbonne Nouvelle (France) and through a joint program at The University of Iowa (USA).
Karabache began his exploration of film at l’Etna, an alternative workshop in Paris. He initially made short experimental films (on super-8 & 16mm).
His current filmmaking practice shifts between documentary and fiction (on digital video and HD).
His films have been showcased at several international film festivals (in the USA, Lebanon, New Caledonia, Bosnia, Canada, UK, Greece, France, Benin, Australia, Hungary, Mexico, Germany, Mongolia, Switzerland, Romania, Portugal, Spain, Russia, etc.) and commercially released in movie theaters in France.

Add Director Biography
Director Statement

Too Much Love Will Kill You is about identity and power. The film combines irony and absurdity with a great deal of heartfelt feeling as it tells the story of a Russian girl who runs away her boring Parisian life and land in Beirut, city of chaos, in order to work as a cabaret dancer. She meets marginal people and prostitutes who are taking her in an endless drift-away. Inspired by Fassbinder, Pasolini and Tarkovsky, the film composes like a realistic nightmare with simplicity and a critical perspective on society.
We travel in Too Much Love Will Kill You: The film opens in Paris with the impossible love and continues in Lebanon, country of war, political crises, fascism in everyday life, cruelty…
The film explores the disappointments of marginal urban life and shows the horrifyingly bare and mechanical reality of working life in society if it allows materialism to become more important than its inhabitants.