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Children of the Marshland

Children of the Marshland

A Feature film by Jean Becker

Produced by Films Christian Fechner

Release in France : 03/03/1999

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Production and distribution (4)

Associate production company :

Films Christian Fechner

Film exports/foreign sales :

Tamasa Distribution

Co-productions :

Rhône-Alpes Cinéma, France 2 Cinéma, UGC Images

French distribution :

Fox France

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Garris and Riton are the last inhabitants of marshland on an unnamed spot near the Loire River. Riton is afflicted with a crabby wife and three rowdy kids, and drowns memories of his first wife in red wine. Garris lives alone—a hard worker, humane, generous, he gives everything he earns from fishing, gathering flowers, etc., to feed and care for Riton's kids. The crew is completed by Tane and Amédée, who often visit their friends in the marshland. Tane has a job: every day he drives the local little train. Amédée is a lazy dreamer who likes reading the classics, lives with his bankrupt father and slightly crazy sister Marie in a large, dilapidated house. One day, Marie crosses Garris's path.


"What fun! No murders, no special effects, no car chases. Nor any despair over unemployment. Nor moodiness by disenchanted thirty-somethings. 'Children of the Marshland' seems to date from the dawn of time, from those 1950s when people talked about 'French quality' before the refreshing but overly radical whirlwind of the New Wave. True enough, that connection is suggested by the director's name, since it is none other than Jean Becker, son of Jacques (and director of 'One Deadly Summer' and 'Elisa'). A trio of friends enjoys fishing expeditions, snail hunts, innocent games in the green paradise of childish love, sun on the pond—a real, old fashioned film that takes its time, shrugs off tragedy, mentions death without schmaltz, life with a smile, and love with starry-eyes. How refreshing!"

("Les Echos," March 3, 1999)

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Full credits (13)

Executive Producer :

Christian Fechner

Adapter/dialogue writer :

Sébastien Japrisot

Director of Photography :

Jean-Marie Dreujou

Production Manager :

Jean-Claude Bourlat

Editor :

Jacques Witta

Production Designer :

Thérèse Ripaud

Costume designers :

Agnès Evein, Sylvie de Segonzac

Assistant Director :

Alain Olivieri

Line Producer :

Hervé Truffaut

Sound recordists :

Guillaume Sciama, William Flageollet

Press Attaché (film) :

Karine Ellena

Sound Editor :

Mourad Louanchi

Music Composer :

Pierre Bachelet

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Feature film

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100% French (France)

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1 h 55 min

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Festival Selections (10)

Sydney French Film Festival - 2000

Sydney French Film Festival (Australia, 2000)


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Melbourne French Film Festival - 2000

Melbourne French Film Festival (Australia, 2000)


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Cesar Awards - French film industry awards - 2000

Cesar Awards - French film industry awards (France, 2000)

Selection (5)

Best Film

Best Sound : William Flageollet, Guillaume Sciama

Best Original Music : Pierre Bachelet

Best Supporting Actor : André Dussollier

Best Director : Jean Becker

Hong Kong French Cinepanorama - 1999

Hong Kong French Cinepanorama (Hong Kong, 1999)


Films selected

Acapulco French Film Festival - 1999

Acapulco French Film Festival (Mexico, 1999)


French Feature Films