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The Red Dwarf

The Red Dwarf

A Feature film by Yvan Le Moine

Release in France : 23/12/1998

    Synopsis

    Lucien Lhotte is a very small man in his early thirties. He works for a big law firm. His job, which he performs most conscientiously, is to draft abusive letters for divorce cases. Having given up all hope of marriage for himself, he applies himself with vindictive ardor to the task of wrecking other people’s. Nevertheless, one very hot afternoon, he succumbs to the advances of a wealthy client, the voluptuous opera singer Paola Bendoni, and dares to make the amorous moves that his dwarfishness has deterred him from for so long. From that moment on, evil is slowly eroded by grace.

    Actors (8)

    Production and distribution (4)

    Co-productions :

    Mainstream, Parma Films

    Film exports/foreign sales :

    Mainstream

    Foreign production companies :

    Classic, AA Les Films Belges

    French distribution :

    Rezo Films

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    International releases (6)

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    Subject

    Lucien, thirty-something, wavers between a man-eating diva (Anita Ekberg) and a 12-year-old circus sprite by the name of Isis, but his choice is soon made and he embarks on a footloose life as a traveling circus clown. Comic at times and tragic at others, careening from twist to turn and from fantasy to commedia dell’arte, shot in black and white and with a dwarf in the leading role, Yvan Le Moine’s debut feature is a loose adaptation of a story by Michel Tournier (from “Le Coq de Bruyère”) and it takes risks. But its strangeness is its charm. With all the rough edges that its constant jumps in style entail, “The Red Dwarf” is stalwartly carried off by Jean-Yves Thual. He ranges from the comic to the unbearably moving and his beauty underpins the self-confessed baroqueness of the film. (From an article in “Aden”, December 23rd 1998)

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    Full credits (9)

    Screenwriter :

    Yvan Le Moine

    Sound Recordist :

    Pierre Mertens

    Editors :

    Ursula Lesiak, Ludo Troch

    Music Composers :

    Daniel Brandt, Alexis Shelegin

    Still Photographer :

    Emmanuelle Germain

    Director of Photography :

    Danny Elsen

    Press Attachés (film) :

    Tony Arnoux, André-Paul Ricci

    Production Designer :

    Philippe Graff

    Costume designer :

    Pierre-Yves Gayraud

    Technical details

    Feature film

    Genres :

    Fiction

    Production language :

    French

    Coproducer countries :

    France, Belgium, Italy

    Original French-language productions :

    Unknown

    Nationality :

    Minority French (France, Belgium, Italy)

    Production year :

    1998

    French release :

    23/12/1998

    Runtime :

    1 h 42 min

    Current status :

    Released

    Visa number :

    89.128

    Visa issue date :

    20/11/1998

    Approval :

    Yes

    Production formats :

    35mm

    Color type :

    Black & White

    Aspect ratio :

    1.66

    Posters (1)

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    Festival Selections (2)

    Montreal World Film Festival - 1998

    Montreal World Film Festival (Canada, 1998)

    Selection

    Cinema of Tomorrow

    Directors' Fortnight - 1998

    Directors' Fortnight (France, 1998)

    Selection

    Official Competition