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Cement Garden

A Feature film by Andrew Birkin

Release in France : 15/12/1993

    Synopsis

    Jack is fifteen, unkempt and unhappy. He feels cut off from the rest of his family but, at the same time, drawn towards his self-confident and pretty sixteen-year-old sister Julie, who doesnt appear to suffer from any of the problems of puberty. Jack's father rules the family with the affected air of an ex-officer. His mother attempts to smooth the waves. Her loving, albeit weak motherly influence is reserved in particular for her six-year-old son, Tom, who is obviously her favourite. Twelve-year-old Sue, on the other hand, has withdrawn into her own world of books and secret thoughts. Their house stands alone in the midst of a no-mans land, surrounded by the ruins of what used to be a residential area. One day Dad gives up on the weeds outside ; he sets to work cementing the entire garden...

    Actors (6)

    Production and distribution (4)

    Co-production :

    Torii Production

    Film exports/foreign sales :

    Constantin Film

    Foreign production companies :

    Laurentic ltd, ZDF - Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen, Constantin Film

    French distribution :

    CTV International

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    Full credits (10)

    Author of original work :

    Ian Mc Ewan

    Screenwriter :

    Andrew Birkin

    Production Manager :

    Norbert Preuss

    Editor :

    Toby Tremlett

    Music Composer :

    Edward Shearmur

    Line Producers :

    Bernd Eichinger, Martin Moszkowicz

    Director of Photography :

    Stephen Blackman

    Press Attaché (film) :

    Matilde Incerti

    Production Designers :

    Bernd Lepel, Amanda Grenville

    Costume designer :

    Bernd Lepel

    Technical details

    Feature film

    Genres :

    Fiction

    Coproducer countries :

    Germany, Great Britain

    Original French-language productions :

    Unknown

    Nationality :

    Minority French (Germany, Great Britain)

    Production year :

    1993

    French release :

    15/12/1993

    Runtime :

    1 h 42 min

    Current status :

    Released

    Visa number :

    80.755

    Visa issue date :

    10/01/1994

    Approval :

    Yes

    Production formats :

    35mm

    Color type :

    Color