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Would I Lie To You?

Would I Lie To You?

A Feature film by Thomas Gilou

Produced by Vertigo Productions

Release in France : 30/04/1997

    Synopsis

    Edouard Vuibert, Eddie, is unemployed, single and homeless. In short, he's at the end of his tether. One day, following a fight with two three-card-trick players, Eddie's life changescompletely: a prosperous businessman from the Sentier neighbourhood, Victor Benzakem, intervenes, chases off the attackers and, thinking that Eddie is Jewish, decides to hire him as a warehouseman. Eddie allows the misunderstanding to continue. Dov, a young salesman working for Victor, introduces him to a warm world, a colourful gang of friends and, above all, Sandra, the boss's daughter with whom he immediately falls in love. For her, he decides to stand on his own two feet and set up his own firm. But life in the Sentier is full of pitfalls and the path to success is longer than he thought... Eddie finally manages to win Sandra's love but, during the wedding preparations, he unwittingly reveals the truth. Eddie isn’t Jewish ! This unleashes scandal and the fury of the beautiful Sandra…

    Actors (13)

    Production and distribution (4)

    Executive Producer :

    Vertigo Productions

    Film exports/foreign sales :

    SND Groupe M6

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    Subject

    The question was: do people in provincial France know the Sentier neighbourhood? Of course not but, on the other hand, they are conversant with "pied-noir" (French North African) culture. There are a number of religious issues raised in the film and it could have seemed too specific. Yet we realized that such concerns were unfounded. The

    film is inspired by a phenomenon of integration, the phenomenon of mixed marriages is very

    present and we show the Sentier in a very concrete manner as a place where people work.

    We highlight one particular culture that, as a result, becomes a general culture. The final

    preponderant element in the film's success is the presence of Richard Anconina, a Jewish actor playing a goy who discovers the Sentier. The Jewish community was very sensitive to this aspect, there was a sense of derision that was better accepted there because of this. (Aïssa Djabri, Vertigo Productions, from an interview with Le Monde, dated May 14, 1997, "Le Sentier de la gloire")

    Full credits (12)

    Executive Producers :

    Aïssa Djabri, Farid Lahouassa, Manuel Munz

    Screenwriters :

    Gérard Bitton, Michel Munz

    Sound Recordist :

    Bernard Leroux

    Editor :

    Nathalie Hubert

    Production Designer :

    Olivier Raoux

    Costume designer :

    Marie-José Escolar

    Assistant Director :

    Alain Olivieri

    Director of Photography :

    Jean-Jacques Bouhon

    Press Attaché (film) :

    Dominique Segall

    Continuity supervisor :

    Valérie Chorenslup

    Music Composer :

    Gérard Presgurvic

    Sales Agent :

    Raphaël Berdugo

    Technical details

    Feature film

    Genres :

    Fiction

    Sub-genre :

    Comedy

    Production language :

    French

    Production country :

    France

    Original French-language productions :

    Unknown

    Nationality :

    100% French (France)

    Production year :

    1996

    French release :

    30/04/1997

    Runtime :

    1 h 40 min

    Current status :

    Released

    Visa number :

    87.500

    Visa issue date :

    28/03/1997

    Approval :

    Yes

    Production formats :

    35mm

    Color type :

    Color

    Aspect ratio :

    1.85

    Posters (1)

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    Festival Selections (6)

    Punta Del Este - International Film Festival - 1998

    Punta Del Este - International Film Festival (Uruguay, 1998)

    Selection

    Films selected

    Acapulco French Film Festival - 1997

    Acapulco French Film Festival (Mexico, 1997)

    Selection

    French Feature Films

    Montreal World Film Festival - 1997

    Montreal World Film Festival (Canada, 1997)

    Selection

    Out of Competition

    Tokyo- French Film Festival - 1997

    Tokyo- French Film Festival (Japan, 1997)

    Selection

    Feature Films