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White Lies

White Lies

A Feature film by Pierre Salvadori

Produced by Les Films Pelléas

Release in France : 15/04/1998

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Production and distribution (4)

Executive Producer :

Les Films Pelléas

Film exports/foreign sales :

The Bureau Sales

Co-productions :

Glem Films, France 2 Cinéma

French distribution :

Les Films du Losange

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Jeanne is a happy and talkative young woman. But she lies. She lies through her teeth. She can’t help it. When she meets Madeleine, an old lady who takes her under her wing, she also meets Antoine, a young crook with oodles of charm who immediately sees in her an easy way to get rich quick. Hearing Jeanne pass herself off as the daughter of very rich parents, Antoine and two sidekicks decide to kidnap her and hold her to ransom.


Originally, I wanted to make a fast, funny comedy. A female compulsive liar seemed like the perfect character, if only because of the chaos she spreads around her. But when we got into it, we quickly became aware of the tragic dimension to her character. Compulsive liars are often drifters, depressed, alcoholic or agitated. And lonely. There is nothing deliberate or poetic about this kind of behaviour. And so the film became more like a dramatic or romantic comedy than a sentimental one. Pierre Salvadori (excerpt from press kit)


Full credits (20)

Executive Producer :

Philippe Martin

Adapter/dialogue writer :

Pierre Salvadori

Co-producer :

Gérard Louvin

Sound recordists :

Laurent Poirier, Dominique Dalmasso, Jacques Descomps

Assistant Operators :

Nicolas Beauchamp, Sylvain Maillard, Marc Tévanian

Editor :

Hélène Viard

Continuity supervisor :

Nathalie Vierny

Music Composer :

Camille Bazbaz

Costume designer :

Valérie Pozzo di Borgo

Still Photographers :

Laurence Tremolet, Tadeusz Paczula

Assistant Director :

Brice Cauvin

Screenwriters :

Marc Syrigas, Pierre Salvadori

Director of Photography :

Gilles Henry

Sound assistants :

Jean-François Schenegg, Pierre Tucat

Production Manager :

Christian Paumier

Sound Editor :

Philippe Heissler

Production Designers :

Yan Arlaud, Valérie Chemain

Foley artist :

Nicolas Becker

Sound Mixer :

Dominique Dalmasso

Location Manager :

Luc Tissot

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Feature film

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100% French

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1 h 45 min

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Posters (1)


Festival Selections (3)

Warsaw - French Film Festival - 1999

Warsaw - French Film Festival (Poland, 1999)


Films selected

Tokyo- French Film Festival - 1998

Tokyo- French Film Festival (Japan, 1998)


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