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Le Petit Garçon

Le Petit Garçon

A Feature film by Pierre Granier-Deferre

Produced by Ciby 2000

Release in France : 11/01/1995

    Synopsis

    In late 1942, François, ten, discovers the delights of life, games and laughter. The German forces invade the Free Zone, including the Tarn district where François's father has brought his family as well as some Jewish refugees that he is hiding. For the little boy, the house is shrouded in mystery and full of secrets. In his mind, the behaviour of its inhabitants is linked to that of comic strip heroes. And the German soldiers are everywhere, even inside the house where a Wehrmacht general has been billeted. Despite all this, the end of 1942 is also the time that François disvovers love.

    Actors (18)

    Production and distribution (4)

    Executive Producer :

    Ciby 2000

    Film exports/foreign sales :

    TF1 Studio (ex-TF1 International)

    Co-productions :

    TF1 Films Production, Canal+ France

    French distribution :

    Ciby Distribution

    TV Broadcasts: Cumulative total

    TV broadcasts: details by country

    Subject

    "In my novel "Le Petit garçon", I attempted to recreate the contrast between a childhood spent in the happiness of a close-knit family in South-West France and the period during which this childhood took place - in others words, the Occupation, and how a little boy gradually becomes aware, through the adult's mysterious behaviour, of intolerance, informers, double agents and the silent heroism of those anonymous people who weren't all collaborators. This bled of intimacy and innocence, the presence of Nazi uniforms and Jews hidden in cellars - against the background of epicurean South-West France - is reproduced to perfection in Pierre Granier-Deferre's film adaptation. Every tale, whether literary or cinematic, is driven by the notion of suspense. Will someone betray them ? Will they be able to save the fugitives ? What will happen to the little girl with whom the little boy seems to be in love ? The answers are given in the troubled atmosphere of the times where danger is the permanent companion of nonchalance."

    (Philippe Labro - Novelist and filmmaker)

    Full credits (14)

    Assistant Director :

    Christopher Granier-Deferre

    Screenwriters :

    Pierre Granier-Deferre, Colo Tavernier O'Hagan

    Sound Recordist :

    Pierre Lenoir

    Production manager :

    Catherine Lapoujade

    Editor :

    Marie Castro

    Music Composer :

    Philippe Sarde

    Sound Mixer :

    Gérard Lamps

    Author of original work :

    Philippe Labro

    Director of Photography :

    Willy Kurant

    Camera Operator :

    Luc Drion

    Press Attaché (film) :

    Claude Davy

    Production Designer :

    Jean-Claude Gallouin

    Costume designer :

    Catherine Leterrier

    Still Photographer :

    Victor Rodrigue

    Technical details

    Feature film

    Genres :

    Fiction

    Sub-genre :

    Drama

    Themes :

    War, Childhood

    Production language :

    French

    Original French-language productions :

    Unknown

    Nationality :

    100% French

    Production year :

    1994

    French release :

    11/01/1995

    Runtime :

    1 h 47 min

    Current status :

    Released

    Visa number :

    77.514

    Visa issue date :

    02/09/1994

    Approval :

    Yes

    Production formats :

    35mm

    Color type :

    Color

    Aspect ratio :

    CinemaScope

    Audio format :

    Stereo