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The Whims of a River

A Feature film by Bernard Giraudeau

Produced by Flach Film

Release in France : 03/04/1996

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Actors (10)

Production and distribution (5)

Executive Producer :

Flach Film

Foreign production companies :

Provobis GmbH, Cecchi Gori Group

French distribution :

Pyramide Distribution

Co-productions :

STUDIOCANAL, France 2 Cinéma, Films de la Saga (Les)

Film exports/foreign sales :

Pyramide International

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1787 - France is feeeling the advance tremors of an inevitable revolution. After killing one of the King's friends, Jean-François de la Plaine is exiled to the African coast as the governor of a minute colony, a sand-bar trading-post subjected to the whims of a river. Sensuality, violence and love are different there. He is thrown into the heart of commerce, slavery and tribal wars. As he travels deeper into 18th century Africa along the meandering and unruly river, Jean-François undergoes his own "revolution".


"I wanted to film love shattered by historical events, an adventure movie set in the desert, along the rivers and coast of Senegambia. (...) It's a tale of slavery but above all one of tolerance and the acceptation of difference. In short, it's a rite of passage, the growing awareness of a deeply European, French, noble and elitist man who has been blinded by luxury and a life of ease. Sometimes ignorance can be as blameworthy as silence. (...) In the days of "our" French Revolution, the hero of this tale tries, in a new yet already exploited land, to draft "The Eulogy of Difference" that Albert Jacquard wouldn't write until two centuries later."
(Bernard Giraudeau)

Full credits (12)

Executive Producer :

Jean-François Lepetit

Screenwriter :

Bernard Giraudeau

Sound Recordist :

Dominique Levert

Press Attaché (film) :

Bruno Barde

Production Designers :

Yan Arlaud, Bertrand L'Herminier

Costume designers :

Marylin Fitoussi, Delphine Provent

Adapter/dialogue writer :

Bernard Giraudeau

Director of Photography :

Jean-Marie Dreujou

Production Manager :

Philippe Schwartz

Editor :

Annick Baly

Music Composer :

René-Marc Bini

Still Photographer :

Alain Denis

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Feature film

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France, Italy, Germany

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Majority French (France, Italy, Germany)

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1 h 55 min

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Posters (1)


Festival Selections (4)

Cesar Awards - French film industry awards - 1997

Cesar Awards - French film industry awards (France, 1997)

Selection (2)

Best Cinematography : Jean-Marie Dreujou

Best Original Music : René-Marc Bini

Cairo - International Film Festival - 1996

Cairo - International Film Festival (Egypt, 1996)


Out of Competition

Montreal World Film Festival - 1996

Montreal World Film Festival (Canada, 1996)


Out of Competition

Tokyo- French Film Festival - 1996

Tokyo- French Film Festival (Japan, 1996)


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