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A Feature film by Karim Dridi

Produced by ADR Productions

Release in France : 30/08/1995

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Production and distribution (5)

Executive Producer :

ADR Productions

Foreign production companies :

Thelma Film AG, Cmc

French distribution :

Diaphana Films

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After a family tragedy for which he feels guilty, Ismael, 25 and his young brother Mouloud, 14, leave Paris to visit their uncle's family in Marseille where they are warmly welcomed. Actually, Ismael is given the responsability to take Mouloud to Tunisia where his parents now live. But Mouloud refuses categorically. To escape this departure, he runs away with the complicity of his cousin Rhida, and gets together with Renard, a dangerous local drug dealer. Ismael desparetely seeks his young brother in this multiracial town which rejects and attracts him...


"The theme of the film is guilt, or how a man confronted with his own guilt manages to free himself from it and become someone who acts instead of someone who submits. It just so happens that this character is a French person of North African origin. In this way, "Bye-Bye" sets itself apart from traditional French cinema. In general, the image of the Arab often has a negative aspect. At best, he is a victim and is looked on with pity and paternalism. I believe in the richness of the melting-pot and sincerely think that our country has everything to gain from learning how to use differences as a bonus and not as a handicap. "Bye-Bye" means saying good-bye to things that are too heavy to carry. I think that one should always keep heading forward while holding one's head high. Mourning does not necessarily mean forgetting."

(Karim Dridi)

Full credits (15)

Executive Producer :

Alain Rozanes

Associate Producer :

Ilann Girard

Director of Photography :

John Mathieson

Assistant Operators :

Jérôme Olivier, Philippe Ramdane, William Watterlot

Press Attaché (film) :

Robert Schlockoff

Sound Editor :

Jean Gargonne

Music Composers :

Steve Shehan, Jimmy Oihid

Sound Mixer :

Jean-Pierre Laforce

Assistant directors :

Christophe Delmas, Bania Medjbar, Fred Nicolas

Screenwriter :

Karim Dridi

Sound Recordist :

Laurent Lafran

Production manager :

Muriel Paradis

Editor :

Lise Beaulieu

Production Designer :

Gilles Bontemps

Costume designer :

Emmanuelle Pertus

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Feature film

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Psychological drama

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Coproducer countries :

Switzerland, Belgium, France

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Majority French (Switzerland, Belgium, France)

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1 h 45 min

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Dolby A

Posters (1)


Festival Selections (4)

Karlovy Vary International Film Festival - 1999

Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (Czech Republic, 1999)


Retrospective - French Regional cinema

Cairo - International Film Festival - 1996

Cairo - International Film Festival (Egypt, 1996)


Out of Competition

Montreal World Film Festival - 1995

Montreal World Film Festival (Canada, 1995)


Out of Competition

Cannes International Film Festival - 1995

Cannes International Film Festival (France, 1995)


Un Certain Regard