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Genealogies of a Crime

Genealogies of a Crime

A Feature film by Raoul Ruiz

Produced by Gemini Films

Release in France : 26/03/1997

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Executive Producer :

Gemini Films

Film exports/foreign sales :

The Bureau Sales

Foreign production company :

Madragoa Filmes

French distribution :

Rezo Films

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Jeanne is a Freudian analyst who thinks she has detected homicidal tendencies in her nephew, aged 5. She also knows that - according to Freud's dictum - "everything is settled" by the age of five. No aspect of a child's personality is likely to alter in any significant way thereafter. Jeanne therefore decides to examine the remorseless development of her nephew's criminal persona, until such time as the crime she expects is committed : the nephew kills his aunt - and thus eliminates the only person who knew of his criminal tendencies. The young criminal, René, is represented by a female attorney named Solange. Her aim is to demonstrate the intricate play of subtle connections between the victim of a crime and the (future) criminal, over a period of more than ten years. Increasingly, the young man appears to consider that his lawyer and his deceased aunt are one and the same person. At the same time, the lawyer starts to see the young man as reincarnation of her son, who died in a car crash. Because the ghost of Jeanne inhabits the body of Solange, the young criminal may be granted a second chance.


One question to Raoul Ruiz

How did you work with Catherine Deneuve ?
"We've only made one film together. I'll be able to say more after the third. She implicates herself to a great extent. She read the book about Hermine van Hug during the shoot. She has a great deal of intuition. Often, I'd simply tell her to go from one spot to the other for her to understand the meaning of the scene. Sometimes a gesture was enough. At the end of the film, when she's mad, I simply asked her to make a slight hand movement. And that was enough to give a whole new dimension to the character." (Raoul Ruiz)

Full credits (18)

Executive Producer :

Paulo Branco

Adapters/dialogue writers :

Raoul Ruiz, Pascal Bonitzer

Director of Photography :

Stephan Ivanov

Sound Assistant :

Philippe Donnefort

Camera Operator :

Gilles Porte

Press Attaché (film) :

Agnès Chabot

Continuity supervisor :

Barbara Constantine

Music Composer :

Jorge Arriagada

Costume designer :

Élisabeth Tavernier

Assistant directors :

Stéphane Riga, Ariel Sctrick

Screenwriters :

Raoul Ruiz, Pascal Bonitzer

Sound recordists :

Henri Maïkoff, Gérard Rousseau

Assistant Operator :

Isabelle Dumas

Production Manager :

Philippe Saal

Editor :

Valeria Sarmiento

Production Designers :

Luc Chalon, Solange Zeitoun

Foley artist :

Nicolas Becker

Still Photographers :

Moune Jamet, Luc Roux

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Feature film

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Sub-genre :

Metaphysical investigation

Themes :

Murder, Fate

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Coproducer countries :

France, Portugal

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Nationality :

Majority French (France, Portugal)

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Runtime :

1 h 53 min

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Audio format :

Dolby SR

Posters (1)


Festival Selections (5)


Berlin International Film Festival - 1997

Berlin International Film Festival (Germany, 1997)


Silver Bear for Best Artistic Contribution