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Family Resemblances

Family Resemblances

A Feature film by Cédric Klapisch

Produced by Telema

Release in France : 06/11/1996

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Actors (12)

Production and distribution (4)

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Film exports/foreign sales :

TF1 International

Co-productions :

STUDIOCANAL, France 2 Cinéma

French distribution :

Bac Films Distribution

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It's a family affair. The Menard family have a rituel : every week they meet at Henri's café and go on to have dinner at "Aux ducs de Bretagne", the best restaurant this small provincial suburb has to offer. This week there's a fly in the ointment : Arlette, Henri's wife, misses the roll call. She's gone off for a week "to think things over". On the regular scale of events it's no big deal, but it builds up and spills over into other, deeper dramas which this familiy have cherished and nurtured since childhood. A family is like a gift -once you've been given it, you pretty much have to keep it.


The trouble is, everything went well and pretty smoothly; No sagas, not even any tasty tidbits to relate. We'd been playing for less than a month at the Théâtre de la Renaissance when Chrales Gassot came to see the play and suggested making a movie version. We mentioned Cédric Klapisch, he saw the play and agreed to do it. That was in early winter. We got down to work. We wrote for several months and then started filming. Cédric directed us all a great deal. He wasn't out to "trash the theatre" but to use it, use our knowlegde of the situations and characters to fine-tune the dialogue. He has an exceptional sense of music and rhytm, of acting in fact, and doesn't need to throw his weight around to get what he wants from an actor. That makes it very easy to let onself be directed without mistrust. About my character, for example, we didn't quite see eye to eye at first.He thought I'd made her too tough nd not likeable enough on stage, whereas I'd deliberately kept her from being too charming or sweet. Being liked or being pretty is not her main concern ; she escapes the mould that most young actresses are cast into. But then, as we went on talking, I realized that Cédric didn't want to betray the character, only improve her, and I happily went along with him.

Agnès Jaoui

Full credits (19)

Executive Producer :

Charles Gassot

Adapter/dialogue writer :

Cédric Klapisch

Screenwriters :

Jean-Pierre Bacri, Agnès Jaoui, Cédric Klapisch

Sound Recordist :

François Waledisch

Production Manager :

Patrick Lancelot

Editor :

Francine Sandberg

Assistant Editor :

Jenny Frenck

Production Designer :

François Emmanuelli

Costume designer :

Corinne Jorry

Sound Mixer :

Jean-Pierre Laforce

Assistant Director :

Jacques Royer

Authors of original work :

Jean-Pierre Bacri, Agnès Jaoui

Director of Photography :

Benoît Delhomme

Assistant Operator :

Xavier Tauveron

Press Attaché (film) :

Laurence Granec

Sound Editor :

Philippe Heissler

Continuity supervisor :

Agathe Sallaberry

Music Composer :

Philippe Eidel

French Distributor :

Jean Labadie

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Feature film

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Nationality :

100% French

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Runtime :

1 h 50 min

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Dolby A

Posters (1)


Festival Selections (7)

Cesar Awards - French film industry awards - 1997

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

Selection (7)

Best Film

Best Producer : Charles Gassot

Best Screenplay (Original or Adapted) : Jean-Pierre Bacri, Agnès Jaoui, Cédric Klapisch

Best Director : Cédric Klapisch

Best Supporting Actress : Catherine Frot

Best Supporting Actress : Agnès Jaoui

Best Supporting Actor : Jean-Pierre Darroussin

Lumiere Awards - 1997

Lumiere Awards (France, 1997)


French Films

Acapulco French Film Festival - 1996

Acapulco French Film Festival (Mexico, 1996)


French Feature Films

Montreal World Film Festival - 1996

Montreal World Film Festival (Canada, 1996)

Selection (2)

Other Awards

Compétition internationale

Awards (3)

Cesar Awards - French film industry awards - 1997

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

Awards (3)

César Award for best writing : Jean-Pierre Bacri, Agnès Jaoui, Cédric Klapisch

César award for best supporting actor : Jean-Pierre Darroussin

Cesar Award for Best Supporting Actress : Catherine Frot

Lumiere Awards - 1997

Lumiere Awards (France, 1997)

Awards (4)

Meilleur scénario : Agnès Jaoui

Meilleur scénario : Cédric Klapisch

Meilleur scénario : Jean-Pierre Bacri

Meilleur réalisateur : Cédric Klapisch

Montreal World Film Festival - 1996

Montreal World Film Festival (Canada, 1996)

Awards (2)

Jury Grand Prix

Air Canada People's Choice Award

Delegations (3)

Lumiere Awards - 1997

Lumiere Awards (France, 1997)

Team (3)

Screenwriter : Jean-Pierre Bacri

Screenwriter : Agnès Jaoui

Director : Cédric Klapisch