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Banged-Up

A Feature film by Laurent Bouhnik

Produced by Playtime Production

Release in France : 26/08/1998

    Synopsis

    "Banged-up" is about the clash between three convicts from different social bacgrounds, the friction between three languages, cultures and conflicting moralities. For these three men, whom nothing except prison could ever bring together, cohabitation leads to confrontations that hold the key to the meaning of freedom...

    Actors (12)

    Production and distribution (3)

    Executive Producer :

    Playtime Production

    French distribution :

    MK2 Films (ex MK2)

    Film exports/foreign sales :

    Playtime (ex Films Distribution)

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    Subject

    From the word go, “Banged-up” surprises and spellbinds the audience with its mixture of high visual stylization and the striking realism of the actors’ performances. A credits sequence, visibly inspired by “Seven”, sets a tone of cold, metallic hardness and shrill, savage sounds. The images of the corridors and cells oscillate between a Bresson- or Cavalier-like abstraction and the power of the dialogues and situations, where humor and violence are strung together in a world that makes the head spin when the doors clang shut on the ordinary inmates in their cells or the con in solitary. Shot in only four and a half weeks at the La Plaine Saint-Denis studios after four years of writing and on-the-spot research, ‘Banged-up’ is a hyper-realistic snapshot of the prison environment such as France has rarely seen. Bouhnik’s lively camerawork is matched by a superb trio of actors: Pascal Greggory as the powerful, painful, victimized gang leader, Gael Morel as the corrupted innocent and the astonishing Jamel Debbouze, the bouncy comic from Canal+. At a time when prison spares nobody, from inner city kids to VIPs, ‘Banged-up’ is a virtually eye-witness account impossible to ignore.”(Michel Pascal in “Le Point”, August 22nd 1998)

    Full credits (12)

    Executive Producers :

    Jean Cottin, Étienne Comar

    Screenwriters :

    Laurent Bouhnik, Patrick de Lassagne

    Sound Recordist :

    Patrice Mendez

    Editor :

    Hervé de Luze

    Production Designer :

    Jacques Rouxel

    Costume designer :

    Isabelle Millet

    Producer :

    Thierry Boscheron

    Director of Photography :

    Gilles Henry

    Press Attachés (film) :

    André-Paul Ricci, Tony Krantz

    Continuity supervisor :

    Sandra Di Pasquale

    Music Composer :

    Jérôme Coullet

    Sales Agent :

    François Yon

    Technical details

    Feature film

    Genres :

    Fiction

    Production language :

    French

    Original French-language productions :

    Unknown

    Nationality :

    100% French

    Production year :

    1998

    French release :

    26/08/1998

    Runtime :

    1 h 36 min

    Current status :

    Released

    Visa number :

    86.958

    Visa issue date :

    17/06/1998

    Approval :

    Yes

    Production formats :

    35mm

    Color type :

    Color

    Aspect ratio :

    1.85

    Posters (1)

    Director

    Festival Selections (2)

    Istanbul Film Festival - 2000

    Istanbul Film Festival (Turkey , 2000)

    Selection

    Focus on a Young Director

    Acapulco French Film Festival - 1998

    Acapulco French Film Festival (Mexico, 1998)

    Selection

    French Feature Films