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La Plante humaine

A Feature film by Pierre Hebert

Produced by Arcadia Films

Release in France : 30/04/1997

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Production and distribution (5)

Executive Producer :

Arcadia Films

Foreign production company :

ONF - Office National du Film du Canada

French distribution :

POM Films

Co-production :

POM Films

Film exports/foreign sales :

POM Films


A man whose daily routine is completely governed by television finds himself drawn into a rolling wave of images. The confrontation between these images and the interpret-ations he projects on them raises interesting questions about the cult of the image.


The place that television occupies in the movie is mainly allegorical. The film presents TV as a sort of public space where all stories and images are gathered together in virtual form—a kind of derisory cosmogony of the real world. The other important facet of the project is about the relationship between the spoken word, written word and picture. In one of his writings, Benveniste pays tribute to language, demonstrating that it would be extremely difficult to illustrate the creation of the world in painting, sculpture or film, whereas in pre-industrial societies, every evening the storyteller recreates the world through the power of language alone. The incorporation of mythical stories into the film prompts questions about the significance of images. (Pierre Hébert)

Full credits (6)

Executive Producer :

Freddy Denaes

Directors of Photography :

Pierre Laurent Chenieux, Pierre Stoeber

Editor :

Fernand Belanger

Screenwriters :

Pierre Hebert, Anne Quesemand

Sound Recordist :

Patrick Frederich

Music Composer :

Robert Marcel Lepage

Technical details

Feature film

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Psychological drama

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Majority French

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Runtime :

1 h 18 min

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