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Foul Play

Foul Play

A Feature film by Karim Dridi

Produced by ADR Productions

Release in France : 25/11/1998

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Production and distribution (4)

Executive Producer :

ADR Productions

Film exports/foreign sales :

Pyramide International

Co-productions :

StudioCanal, Arte France Cinéma

French distribution :

Les Films du Losange

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Ange fails an audition which is crucial for his career. In despair, he goes to call on Concepciòn, a struggling 30 year-old Spanish actress he recently met. To his surprise, he lands in the middle of a dinner party of movie celebrities. Baffled and disoriented, Ange finds himself and Concepciòn playing the role of real-life hostage takers.


To reduce “Foul Play” to a tell-all game involving a handful of celebrity actors would be to get it wrong. It is first and foremost a story about humanity. When the film goes over the top, as it occasionally does, it is always in a way that seems natural, a bit like the films of Mocky, who never made a virtue of sobriety. Dridi sets out to strip down the mechanisms of social humiliation in whatever milieu it occurs. He also sets out to tell a modern love story, set in circumstances that are actually quite down-to-earth and universal, no matter how outlandish they may seem. It is also about trusting the tool of cinema, for better or for worse, in all its magic and rawness. A straightforward film-maker, Dridi also knows how to have fun with flair, as can be seen in the unforgettable “magic mushrooms” sequence. “Foul Play” is a complicated film by a guy with ideas, bouncing with rare health and overpowering at times, but only because it’s so affectionate. And of course, that’s exactly why Karim Dridi is so interesting — because he’s impetuous. (Olivier Séguret in “Libération”, November 25th 1998)

Full credits (21)

Executive Producers :

Alain Rozanes, Pascal Verroust

Screenwriter :

Karim Dridi

Sound Recordist :

Michel Brethez

Assistant Operator :

Sébastien Buchmann

Press Attachés (film) :

François Hassan Guerrar, Aude Thomas, Isabelle de la Baume

Sound editors :

Thomas Desjonquères, Jean Gargonne

Production Designer :

Pierre-François Limbosch

Stunt performers :

Nicky Naudé, Patrick Cauderlier, Michaël Troude

Costume designer :

Emmanuelle Pertus

Sound Mixer :

Dominique Hennequin

Location Manager :

Kader Djedra

Assistant Director :

Jean-Stéphane Sauvaire

Director of Photography :

Patrick Blossier

Sound Assistant :

Pierre Tucat

Production Manager :

Jacques Attia

Editor :

Lise Beaulieu

Continuity supervisor :

Caroline Saillo

Music Composer :

Andréas Roé

Casting :

Françoise Menidrey

Sales Agent :

Éric Lagesse

Still Photographer :

Bernard Fau

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Feature film

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100% French

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Runtime :

1 h 40 min

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Posters (1)


Festival Selections (4)

Montreal World Film Festival - 1998

Montreal World Film Festival (Canada, 1998)


Cinema of Tomorrow

Locarno International Film Festival - 1998

Locarno International Film Festival (Switzerland, 1998)


International Competition

Tokyo- French Film Festival - 1998

Tokyo- French Film Festival (Japan, 1998)


Feature Films