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A Brother

A Feature film by Sylvie Verheyde

Produced by Persona Films

Release in France : 26/11/1997

    Synopsis

    They live with their mother... In Arcueil, a Paris suburb; Loïc takes the train. He wants to get to Paris, fast. Sophie doesn't know what she wants, but she wants something. She walks into big brother Loïc's life, just for a look. Waiting on the other end is Vincent, the trafficker, Loïc's buddy. Sophie will fall for him. Loïc will never forgive himself. She moves forward, he too, but in opposite directions. They share the same fighting spirit. Back in Arcueil, Tony and Virginie have also learned to fight. And even if the choice of arms is not theirs, they resist: "Our life is a journey into winter, into night. We seek our way through a sky where nothing shines". Sophie calls that love.

    Actors (9)

    Production and distribution (3)

    Executive Producer :

    Persona Films

    French distribution :

    Pyramide Distribution

    Film exports/foreign sales :

    Pyramide International

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    International releases (3)

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    Subject

    "Like Loïc and Sophie, I come from an "off-beat, outside-the-law, fringe" milieu. My parents were drifters. My dad was a docker on the Quai de la Gare. Back then, it was a no man's land between Paris and the suburbs. My mother ran a café. They were of a marginalised proletariat with neither social, geographical or family ties. The film was born out of that too. How do you deal with feeling that nowhere is home? How do you make a place for yourself? When, like Loïc, you accede to another milieu, what does that mean for you? Above all, I wanted to show people whose lives are tough, but who really live, so much so they could die from it. I wanted to defend them by refusing sordidness and shabbiness. My desire in film is to give people the urge to love." (Sylvie Verheyde)

    Full credits (10)

    Executive Producer :

    Serge Duveau

    Line Producer :

    Serge Duveau

    Director of Photography :

    Antoine Roch

    Press Attachés (film) :

    Laurence Granec, Estelle Chailloux

    Production Designer :

    Frédéric Wayolle

    Producer :

    Gilles Bourdos

    Screenwriter :

    Sylvie Verheyde

    Sound Recordist :

    Pierre Mertens

    Editor :

    Luce Grünenwaldt

    Music Composer :

    Philippe Sarde

    Technical details

    Feature film

    Genres :

    Fiction

    Production language :

    French

    Original French-language productions :

    Unknown

    Nationality :

    100% French

    Production year :

    1997

    French release :

    26/11/1997

    Runtime :

    1 h 30 min

    Current status :

    Released

    Visa number :

    87.839

    Visa issue date :

    06/10/1997

    Approval :

    Yes

    Production formats :

    35mm

    Color type :

    Color

    Aspect ratio :

    1.85

    Audio format :

    Dolby SR

    Director

    Festival Selections (4)

    Montreal World Film Festival - 1997

    Montreal World Film Festival (Canada, 1997)

    Selection

    Cinema of Tomorrow

    Directors' Fortnight - 1997

    Directors' Fortnight (France, 1997)

    Selection

    Cinema in France

    Awards

    Cesar Awards - French film industry awards - 1998

    Cesar Awards - French film industry awards (France, 1998)

    Awards

    César Award for Most Promising Actress : Emma de Caunes

    Delegations