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Like an Animal

Like an Animal

A Feature film by Patrick Schulmann

Produced by Madeleine Films

Release in France : 16/12/1998

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Leo was born in Borneo, in the orangutan orphanage founded by his father. It is the only place he has ever known. He is 25 when his father dies and the Indonesians take over the orphanage. Leo feels like an outcast. He boards a freighter, bound for a “civilization” he knows nothing about, as his father taught him only music and poetry. He is neither a Tarzan nor a wild child, but a young guy with a pure, idealistic vision of the world. He arrives in France and meets a range of characters who embody the shortcomings of today’s society.


Patrick Schulmann has things to tell us: about ‘everyday delinquency, homelessness, the rise of the National Front, the rat race, workplace rivalry, the debasement of art...’ The list in the press kit goes on, sounding a little like a recipe for a stodgy pot-pourri of discontent. But the film works like a charm. Sagamore Stevenin (son of actor Jean-François) plays Leo deadpan with a deeply likable, straight-faced naiveté and we happily go along with him. Eager to please but not gutless, Schulmann’s movie has a generous profusion of plots and a fertile imagination that are a joy to behold, while its ‘noble savage’ message and slap-happy putdown of modern society provide fuel for plenty of post-film debate. (“Libération”, December 16th 1998)

Full credits (15)

Executive Producer :

Gilbert de Goldschmidt

Screenwriters :

Didier Dolna, Patrick Schulmann

Sound recordists :

Éric Rophé, Emmanuel Augeard, Éric Bonnard

Camera Operator :

Guy Famechon

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Production Designer :

Olivier Raoux

Costume designers :

Catherine Boisgontier, Marie Bourgeon

Still Photographer :

Cédric Eibeinder

Assistant directors :

Dominique Delany, Franck Vestiel

Director of Photography :

Dominique Gentil

Sound Assistant :

Frédéric Bobillier

Press Attachés (film) :

François Hassan Guerrar, Aude Thomas

Sound Editor :

Joël Jacovella

Music Composers :

Patrick Schulmann, Patrick Langlade

Sound Mixer :

Éric Bonnard

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Feature film

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100% French (France)

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2 h 10 min

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