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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

    Synopsis

    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".

    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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    International releases (12)

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    Subject

    "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

    Technical details

    Feature film

    Genres :

    Fiction

    Production language :

    French

    Coproducer countries :

    France, Italy, Germany

    Original French-language productions :

    Unknown

    Nationality :

    Majority French (France, Italy, Germany)

    Production year :

    1995

    French release :

    03/04/1996

    Runtime :

    1 h 55 min

    Current status :

    Released

    Visa number :

    85.381

    Visa issue date :

    04/03/1996

    Approval :

    Yes

    Production formats :

    35mm

    Color type :

    Color

    Aspect ratio :

    1.85

    Posters (1)

    Director

    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)

    Selection

    Out of Competition

    Montreal World Film Festival - 1996

    Montreal World Film Festival (Canada, 1996)

    Selection

    Out of Competition

    Tokyo- French Film Festival - 1996

    Tokyo- French Film Festival (Japan, 1996)

    Selection

    Feature Films