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A Feature film by Pierre Jolivet

Produced by Les Films Alain Sarde

Release in France : 12/03/1997

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Les Films Alain Sarde

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Little Bear

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Bac Films Distribution

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A new town with its neat grid of identical dwellings. Fred, early thirties, is a skilled crane operator on the dole. The empty days weigh heavy on his soul. Luckily he has Lisa. She's younger than him. She has a small boy and a job as a switchboard operator in a medical lab. She's the breadwinner. Her love keeps Fred afloat. Then there's Michel, the friend and neighbour. Michel's a truck driver. He works irregular hours. One night Fred is woken by the noise of a tractortrailer parking near the house. Next morning, Michel Fred a favour. Fred asks no questions, even though he smells a rat, even though it smells like danger... like those two strangers in a van, lurking around Michel's house...


"I've always wanted to work with Vincent Lindon and when we decided to make a film together, I started writing with him in mind. I think he has great qualities, not just popular ones. He is one of the rare French actors who physically and intellectually adopts the characters that he plays. Fred is a simple guy who doesn't read books and Lindon can live with that. He has plaid students, lawyers and has attained a certain maturity. He wanted to be Fred. As for Clotilde Courau, she soon become the obvious choice. It's her first role as a mother with whom she has a sex life and a house that she keeps running. Lisa is a pylon, an anchor. Clotilde wanted that. You can be lucky at times : you ask actors to do exactly what they want to do. For Clotilde too, it was the right time." (Pierre Jolivet)

Full credits (21)

Executive Producer :

Alain Sarde

Line Producers :

Frédéric Bourboulon, Bertrand Tavernier

Director of Photography :

Patrick Blossier

Assistant Operators :

Jérôme Alméras, Patrick Ghiringhelli

Press Attaché (film) :

Jean-Pierre Vincent

Sound editors :

Cécile Ranc, Marie-Christine Ratel

Continuity supervisor :

Sylvie Koechlin

Art Director :

Paul Decaux

Costume designer :

Valérie Pozzo di Borgo

Sound Mixer :

William Flageollet

Location Manager :

Pascal Ralite

Assistant directors :

Sandra Dalle, Sonia Larue

Screenwriter :

Pierre Jolivet

Sound Recordist :

Pierre Excoffier

Production Manager :

François Hamel

Editor :

Luc Barnier

Assistant editors :

Tina Baz Le Gal, Marie Lecoeur

Production Designer :

Sylvie Salmon

Music Composers :

Serge Perathoner, Jannick Top

French Distributor :

Jean Labadie

Still Photographer :

Christian Simonpietri

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Feature film

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100% French

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1 h 25 min

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