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Never Too Far

Never Too Far

A Feature film by Alain Centonze

Produced by Salomé

Release in France : 10/01/1996

    Synopsis

    In Dieppe, a taciturn young man is fascinated by a woman whom he has only seen in the street. One day, he leaves Dieppe and Lola, the girl he was living with. He becomes a truck-driver. In the Middle East, Christian's travels end in a prison in the heart of the desert. There he meets Eliot who lives an isolated life within the prison environment. Since Eliot talks, Christian who was mute up to that point, listens then speaks too. But Eliot receives letters from a woman: Marie. And Christian starts dreaming that she's the woman he saw on the streets of Dieppe...

    Actors (7)

    Production and distribution (4)

    Executive Producer :

    Salomé

    Film exports/foreign sales :

    Mainstream

    Co-production :

    La Générale d'images

    French distribution :

    Steward

    Subject

    "Communicating : in a world where the idea of exchange is commonplace, we have never had so much trouble communicating. Speaking : for the characters, communication is at a standstill. Everything opposes Christian who doesn't like and doesn't know how to speak, with Eliot who talks about himself and tells stories. Writing : the cement of the bond between the two men are letters that Eliot receives from a woman and to which he never replies : one-way communication. This could have been the theme of a novel. The exciting thing was working on the paradox : being cinematic with a literary theme; being concrete (the truck driver) in the face of a distant dream (the journey); being locked away (the prison) in the most open space possible; being everyday and commonplace (Dieppe, grey and blue) and, at the same time, exotic in an unidentified land of the Middle East. The difficulty of being with one's fellow man, as Wenders puts it, "far away, so close".

    (Alain Centonze)

    Full credits (13)

    Executive Producer :

    Maurice Bernart

    Screenwriters :

    Michael Sadler, Louis Gardel, Alain Centonze

    Sound recordists :

    Matthieu Imbert, Pierre Martens

    Assistant Operator :

    Béatrice Mizrahi

    Editors :

    Joële Van Effenterre, Anne-Marie Leduc

    Production Designers :

    Michèle Abbé, Vincent Mateu

    Costume designers :

    Fabienne Katany, Brigitte Nierhaus

    Assistant directors :

    Catherine Bernstein, Tatiana Vialle

    Director of Photography :

    Bruno Delbonnel

    Sound Assistant :

    Jean-François Schenegg

    Press Attachés (film) :

    Eva Simonet, Nathalie Gorgon

    Production Assistant :

    Florence Leonnet

    Casting :

    Tatiana Vialle

    Technical details

    Feature film

    Genres :

    Fiction

    Sub-genre :

    Drama

    Production language :

    French

    Original French-language productions :

    Unknown

    Nationality :

    100% French

    Production year :

    1995

    French release :

    10/01/1996

    Runtime :

    1 h 25 min

    Current status :

    Released

    Visa number :

    85.324

    Visa issue date :

    10/05/1995

    Approval :

    Yes

    Production formats :

    35mm

    Color type :

    Color

    Aspect ratio :

    1.85