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Death of a Chinaman

Death of a Chinaman

A Feature film by Jean-Louis Benoît

Produced by Île Productions

Release in France : 24/06/1998

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Actors (27)

Production and distribution (4)

Executive Producer :

Île Productions

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Co-production :

France 3 Cinéma

French distribution :

Bac Films Distribution

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A hassle-free life always comes at a price that has to be paid eventually. Michel, a placid writer of children’s books, finds out the hard way. While he’s accompanying his best friend to the casualty department, his wife, Helene, runs off with a Chinaman.Why did she leave him? And why with Tong? In desperation, Michel sets off in search of his beloved wife, convinced that she’ll come back just as soon as he’s killed the Chinaman.


Michel is an almost normal guy, but his occupation constantly draws him away from reality. He spends so much time writing stories about dumb animals that he has logged off from the world and gone to sleep. When he wakes up, he finds that his wife has run off with a Chinaman. For a contemplative guy like him, it’s a real slap in the face! Three factors awaken the murderer in him: his love of Helene, his anger with himself and the aggravation he’s subjected to. His thirst for revenge becomes obsessive. He searches for his wife but he’s really looking for himself. He becomes more and more detached from reality. He blunders around in much the same way as he does in ordinary life, with a kind of candour, innocence and a fair amount of good luck. But whatever he does, he’s still not cut out to be a murderer. (José Garcia - excerpt from press kit)

Photos (4)

Full credits (17)

Executive Producer :

Raymond Blumenthal

Adapter/dialogue writer :

Jean-Louis Benoît

Sound Recordist :

Marc-Antoine Beldent

Press Attaché (film) :

Laura Gouadain

Assistant Editor :

Patrick Zouzout

Production Designer :

Max Berto

Costume designer :

Patricia Dubois

Sound Mixer :

Gérard Lamps

Location Manager :

Guillaume Favreau

Assistant Director :

Dominique Guerrier

Director of Photography :

Dominique Chapuis

Production Manager :

Daniel Szuster

Editor :

Ariane Boeglin

Continuity supervisor :

Anne-Marie Garcia

Music Composer :

Jean-Louis Negro

French Distributor :

Jean Labadie

Still Photographers :

Maïté Aletti, Jean-Marie Leroy

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Feature film

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Comedy, Black comedy

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100% French (France)

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Runtime :

1 h 25 min

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