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Bingo !

A Feature film by Maurice Illouz

Produced by Odessa Films

Release in France : 24/06/1998

    Synopsis

    The world of gambling is Vincent’s home ground. Horse racing, poker games, lucky and unlucky streaks, Vincent knows it all. He’s sharp and canny, extravagant and cool — everything that André, his friend and neighbour, isn’t. André is a tormented writer, closeted day and night in his crummy hotel room, trying to finish up his first novel. But just now, Vincent is the one whose chips are down. Up to his ears in debt and leaned on by evermore threatening loan sharks, his only chance of salvation is to win back his losses by playing in the year’s biggest poker game.

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    Production and distribution (3)

    Executive Producer :

    Odessa Films

    French distribution :

    Polygram

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    Subject

    I wanted to make a film about a particular milieu, that of lowlife characters who are out to make a quick buck. They often play dirty! The rules of the game are violent, as borrowed money is very expensive. It’s high risk money. If you can’t pay it back on time, they’ll break a finger or an arm or shoot you. These guys don’t play around. There are rules and they are real.

    It was important for me to show that this violence exists, but I wanted to defuse it with dashes of humour and comical situations that raise a laugh. I wanted to dynamize the tension of the cop flick by giving it a comic strip tone through the choice of framing, lenses, sets, costumes, camerawork etc., and a healthy dose of mockery.

    Maurice Illouz (excerpt from press kit)

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    Full credits (12)

    Executive Producer :

    Yannick Bernard

    Screenwriter :

    Philippe de Chauveron

    Sound Recordist :

    Michel Kharat

    Production Manager :

    Karim Canama

    Editor :

    Chantal Hymans

    Music Composer :

    Bernard Grimaldi

    Adapters/dialogue writers :

    Daniel Russo, Maurice Illouz

    Director of Photography :

    Yves Cape

    Assistant Operator :

    Marie Sorribas

    Press Attachés (film) :

    Laurette Monconduit, Mary Anne Kiremidjian

    Production Designer :

    Serge Sommier

    Still Photographer :

    Florence Dugowson

    Technical details

    Feature film

    Genres :

    Fiction

    Production language :

    French

    Original French-language productions :

    Yes

    Nationality :

    100% French

    Production year :

    1998

    French release :

    24/06/1998

    Runtime :

    1 h 27 min

    Current status :

    Released

    Visa number :

    92.393

    Visa issue date :

    19/06/1998

    Approval :

    Yes

    Production formats :

    35mm

    Color type :

    Color

    Posters (1)

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