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Those Were the Days...

A Feature film by Didier Haudepin

Produced by Bloody Mary Productions

Release in France : 13/09/1995

    Synopsis

    A fortnight after her entry into the first-year prep class in a large Paris lycée, Delphine, 17, is the only witness to the suicide of Claude, a second year student. Two names carved in a desktop, "Axel & Claude", lead her to the dead girl's lover. Finally, at the climax of a perverse pact, he will reveal to her the real reasons for Claude's death.

    Actors (13)

    Production and distribution (4)

    Executive Producer :

    Bloody Mary Productions

    Film exports/foreign sales :

    FTD International Cinéma

    Co-production :

    Arte France Cinéma

    French distribution :

    Rezo Films

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    International releases (6)

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    Subject

    "The audience reaction to "Those were the days..." was a pleasant surprise. So far, it has been seen by 130,000 people in France and been sold in ten countries. All this despite an apparently difficult theme : the sentimental and social initiation of a young woman (Elodie Bouchez) from a modest background, who suddenly finds herself in the selective world of "prep classes". This specifically French world (training the "elite") has rarely been dealt with on the big screen. An air of intellectualism surrounded the subject but a wide and varied audience (Paris/provinces, classes and ages) has shown interest in it. This success, whatever the emotional and cinematic qualities of the film, is due mainly to the work that we were able to carry out in France with the French Association of Art-house Cinemas and the support of managers of independent theatres and - for the foreign market - the logistic back-up of Unifrance Film."
    (Didier Haudepin)

    Full credits (10)

    Executive Producer :

    Didier Haudepin

    Screenwriter :

    Claire Mercier

    Sound recordists :

    Daniel Ollivier, Dominique Gaborieau

    Press Attaché (film) :

    Marie-Christine Damiens

    Production Designer :

    Michel Vandestien

    Adapters/dialogue writers :

    Didier Haudepin, Claire Mercier

    Director of Photography :

    Jean-Marc Fabre

    Production managers :

    Frank Le Wita, Marc de Bayser

    Editor :

    Juliette Welfling

    Music Composer :

    Alexandre Desplat

    Technical details

    Feature film

    Genres :

    Fiction

    Production language :

    French

    Original French-language productions :

    Unknown

    Nationality :

    100% French

    Production year :

    1995

    French release :

    13/09/1995

    Runtime :

    1 h 25 min

    Current status :

    Released

    Visa number :

    85.976

    Visa issue date :

    29/03/1995

    Approval :

    Yes

    Production formats :

    35mm

    Color type :

    Color

    Aspect ratio :

    1.66

    Director

    Festival Selections (2)

    Tokyo- French Film Festival - 1995

    Tokyo- French Film Festival (Japan, 1995)

    Selection

    Feature Films

    Cannes International Film Festival - 1995

    Cannes International Film Festival (France, 1995)

    Selection

    Un Certain Regard