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Melody for a Hustler

A Feature film by Vincent Ravalec

Produced by April Films

Release in France : 14/10/1998

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April Films

Film exports/foreign sales :

FTD International Cinéma

Co-productions :

M6 Films, STUDIOCANAL, Les Films du Garage

French distribution :

Pyramide Distribution

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When Marie-Pierre hitches a ride with Gaston, he can't believe such a gorgeous girl would have time for a guy like him. His greasy-spoon restaurant in a sleazy part of town isn't exactly a gourmet's paradise. But stay she does, and a great love story begins. No more peddling stolen goods and other petty scams for Gaston. No more scrimping to make ends meet. The money comes rolling in and good times are here. Gaston makes it big. His business is booming and the woman of his dreams is by his side. But fame and fortune can change overnight. What goes around, comes around. Will it come around for Gaston?


Ravalec the writer has made a moviemaker of himself, by choice and by necessity, converting his own words, from “Melody for a Hustler”, into pictures. He roams the borderlands of marginality, lovingly depicting its fissures and cunningly zooming in on the underside of a society crawling with char-acters in search of respectability. With his incisive tone, unkempt humor and harsh, raw, cutting style, Ravalec takes a new broom to French cinema. Money, grunge, survival tactics, dreams, fantasies, detours up the alleys of perversions blatant and covert, redemption and greed all rub shoulders, fueling the movements and actions of his frantic, anchorless, endearingly washed-up heroes: a mind-blowing Yvan Attal and a feisty Virginie Lanoue. (“Le Figaroscope”, October 14th 1998)

Full credits (10)

Executive Producer :

Jean-Pierre Alessandrini

Director of Photography :

Philippe Lesourd

Press Attachés (film) :

Tony Krantz, André-Paul Ricci

Production Designer :

Frédéric Lapierre

Costume designer :

Laurence Lapoyade

Screenwriter :

Vincent Ravalec

Sound recordists :

Éric Mauer, Laurent Zeilig, Claude Villand

Editor :

Yvon Lemiere

Music Composer :

Robert Miny

Still Photographer :

Corinne Mariaud

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Feature film

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100% French

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1 h 44 min

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Directors' Fortnight - 1998

Directors' Fortnight (France, 1998)


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