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Closet Children

A Feature film by Benoit Jacquot

Produced by GMF Productions, Sunchild Productions

Release in France : 12/10/1977

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Actors (10)

Production and distribution (4)

Executive Producers :

GMF Productions, Sunchild Productions

Film exports/foreign sales :

GMF Productions

Associate producer :

INA - Institut National de l'Audiovisuel

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Nicola (Lou Castel) bears the psychological scars of unbearable guilt. As a boy, he was given the job of looking after his mentally unstable mother and protecting her from herself. One day, he and his sister went instead into a large closet and enacted a childishly intensive "I dare you" bonding ritual, marking one another with the blade of their father's sword cane. While he was occupied in this manner, the boy's mother hung herself and died. Now an adult, he still has an unhealthily strong fixation on his sister. This is so obvious that a girlfriend of his sister's, with whom he has an affair, breaks it off, complaining that she is not interested in being a stand-in for the sister.

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Full credits (13)

Executive Producer :

Michel Chanderli

Producer :

Stéphane Tchalgadjieff

Director of Photography :

Pierre Lhomme

Assistant Operator :

Jacques Renard

Production manager :

Stella Quef

Continuity supervisor :

Geneviève Dufour

Still Photographer :

Catherine Faux

Assistant Director :

Jacques Tronel

Screenwriter :

Benoit Jacquot

Sound Recordist :

Michel Vionnet

Camera Operator :

Jean-Yves Delbreuve

Editor :

Fanette Simonet

Production Designer :

Raoul Albert

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Feature film

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100% French

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Runtime :

1 h 45 min

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