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The Trail

The Trail

A Feature film by Bernard Favre, Bertrand Tavernier

Produced by NEF Diffusion, Hachette Première et Cie

Release in France : 21/12/1983

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Actors (10)

Production and distribution (5)

Executive Producers :

NEF Diffusion, Hachette Première et Cie

Foreign production company :

RTS - Radio Télévision Suisse

French distribution :

Hachette-Fox Productions

Co-productions :

Little Bear, France 3 Cinéma

Film exports/foreign sales :

NEF Diffusion

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1859-60 in the Savoy Alps. Joseph (Richard Berry) is a young Savoyard peasant who has been established in a village with his wife and two children for some time, and like others before him, makes a living by crossing the Alps into Italy in the winter months and selling his wares to the villagers. This story traces a winter's itinerary as the man encounters various adventures in his always-dangerous journey, but he seems oblivious to all the nuances and reverberations of social change going on around him. When he finally returns to his family after many months away, he discovers to his surprise that his village is now a part of France and it looks like a Savoyard would soon be sitting on the throne of a unified Italy.

© Eleanor Mannikka

Full credits (13)

Executive Producer :

Claude Nedjar

Screenwriters :

Bernard Favre, Bertrand Tavernier

Sound Recordist :

Roger Letellier

Production Manager :

Bernard P. Guiremand

Editor :

Emmanuelle Thibault

Production Designer :

Patrice Mercier

Costume designer :

Marie Malterre

Assistant directors :

Frédéric Bourboulon, Nils Tavernier

Director of Photography :

Jean-Francis Gondre

Sound Assistant :

Thierry Sabatier

Press Attaché (film) :

Thierry Lenouvel

Sound editor :

Laure Budin

Music Composers :

Marc Perrone, Nicola Piovani

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Feature film

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Switzerland, France

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Majority French (Switzerland, France)

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Runtime :

1 h 43 min

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