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The Bet

The Bet

A Feature film by Didier Bourdon, Bernard Campan

Produced by Katharina, Renn Productions

Release in France : 15/10/1997

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Executive Producers :

Katharina, Renn Productions

Film exports/foreign sales :

Pathé Distribution

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TF1 Films Production, DB Films, ABS

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Bernard, a teacher in the suburbs, lives with Victoria in a new urban development. Didier, a wealthy Parisian pharmacist, is married to Muriel. One drives a rusty 205, the other, a black Mercedes. They are brothers-in-law, and hate each others' guts. Over dinner, Didier and Bernard make a bet: to stop smoking for a fortnight, until the next family get-together. The gauntlet is down, their hell begins... The first days go off like a dream, both are on top of the world. Addicted no more! But things quickly turn sour. Didier and Bernard find it harder and harder to resist the temptation. They become irritable, suspicious, they lie... Until the fateful day: the family get-together. They've kept their word, but relations between them and their wives are at an all time low... Despite this, they are both determined to remain non- smokers. Will they succeed? At what price? And for how long?


"In general, when doing films, we first discuss the basic idea and then overlay the comic scenes: so the gags come pretty quickly. With regard to the pacing, we like each scene to slot naturally into the other. It would seem wooden if we tried to calculate everything. ''The Bet'' is our second film; we had more leeway, we added more personal touches." (Didier Bourdon)

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Full credits (18)

Executive Producer :

Claude Berri

Line Producer :

Pierre Grunstein

Director of Photography :

Manuel Teran

Sound assistants :

Jean Casanova, Pierre-Yves Bruneel

Press Attaché (film) :

Dominique Segall

Sound Editor :

Frédéric Dubois

Continuity supervisor :

Patrick Aubrée

Music Composers :

Laurent Bertaud, Jean-Charles Laurent, Jean-Christophe Prudhomme

Sound Mixer :

Bruno Charier

Assistant Director :

Eric Fourniols

Screenwriters :

Bernard Campan, Didier Bourdon

Sound Recordist :

Bernard Bats

Production Manager :

Patrick Bordier

Editor :

Roland Baudeau

Assistant editor :

Marcela Figueroa

Production Designer :

Christian Marti

Costume designer :

Gisèle Ravard

Still Photographers :

Pascalito, Roger Arpajou

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Feature film

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100% French

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1 h 40 min

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Posters (1)

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Festival Selections (3)

Cairo - International Film Festival - 1998

Cairo - International Film Festival (Egypt, 1998)


Out of Competition

Acapulco French Film Festival - 1997

Acapulco French Film Festival (Mexico, 1997)


French Feature Films