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Bruits de la ville (Les)

A Feature film by Sophie Comtet

Produced by Bionnay Productions

Release in France : 18/11/1998

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Actors (4)

Production and distribution (4)

Executive Producer :

Bionnay Productions

Film exports/foreign sales :

Bionnay Productions

Co-production :

La Comédie Nouvelle

French distribution :

Rezo Films


A quiet street in Paris, one summer morning. Pier, a strange kind of man, steps out of La Santé prison after five years inside, during which time he refused all contact with his past. He sleeps for a day, then spends his first night of freedom roaming the streets of Paris alone. Finally, he decides to read the letters his friend Sylvana sent him. They reveal past events that affect where he goes, whom he meets and what he feels. Each one is an instigation to follow his movements and discover with him, via his strange gaze, the characters, neighborhoods, lights and sounds of the city by night.


Filming a lot at night changes the relationships between people. I remember various down-and-out people hanging around the set being hired and paid a real wage. Some beautiful things happened and it all filtered through into the poetry of the film. We worked quite long nights, and the rhythm of it lulled me into a kind of pleasant torpor which was ideal for the part. I thought I might be able to do a few other things at the same time, maybe write a script, but I couldn’t get it together. We were in such another world, looking at the stars in a sleepy daze... (Pierrick Sorin)

Full credits (9)

Executive Producer :

Frédéric Comtet

Director of Photography :

Olivier Gueneau

Editors :

Françoise Roux, Marion Dartigues

Music Composer :

Rachid Taha

Still Photographer :

Thierry Michau

Screenwriter :

Sophie Comtet

Press Attaché (film) :

Marie Queysanne

Production Designer :

Sallahdyn Khatir

Costume designer :

Sophie Brizin

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Feature film

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Psychological drama

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100% French

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Runtime :

1 h 35 min

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