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Hygiène de l'assassin

A Feature film by François Ruggieri

Produced by TSF Productions

Release in France : 24/02/1999

    Synopsis

    "When I read Amélie Nothomb's novel," says the film's director François Ruggieri, "I immediately thought the story could be intensified if the film started at the end. First we discover that Prétextat Tach is dead, and then we tell his story backwards. I resorted to flashbacks because of the film’s double tale: the ongoing investigation into the suspected murderers and their motives, and the revelation of various aspects of the victim's life during his youth." Prétextat Tach is not only a famous and feted author, but has even won the Nobel Prize for Literature. Tach lives as a recluse in a huge, gloomy apartment. He has virtually hasn't seen anyone for years. When he learns that he's dying of cancer, he agrees to meet reporters in order to transmit his vision of things to mankind, to deliver his spiritual testament. The next day, he is found dead. Perhaps murdered. During the investigation, the police uncover some pretty racy details about the old ogre's past, but are they enough to incriminate the young reporter, Nina, who was the last person to see Tach alive?

    Actors (7)

    Production and distribution (2)

    Executive Producer :

    TSF Productions

    French distribution :

    M.F.D.

    TV Broadcasts: Cumulative total

    TV broadcasts: details by country

    Subject

    When I read Amélie Nothomb's novel, I immediately thought the story could be intensified if the film started at the end. First we discover that Prétextat Tach is dead, and then we tell his story backwards. I resorted to flashbacks because of the film’s double tale: the ongoing investigation into the suspected murderers and their motives, and the revelation of various aspects of the victim's life during his youth. Tales within tales unfold. Nina’s interview and videotape of Tach progressively reveal the story of this strange man, and more comes to light when she is questioned by police. Other decisions came about for technical reasons: should part of the film be shot in black-and-white, the other part in color? Etcetera... (François Ruggierri – Director)

    Full credits (8)

    Executive Producer :

    François Ruggieri

    Sound Recordist :

    Pierre Befve

    Editors :

    Delphine Desfons, Marie-Pierre Renaud

    Music Composer :

    Jacques Davidovici

    Director of Photography :

    Alex Lamarque

    Press Attaché (film) :

    Vanessa Jerrom

    Production Designer :

    Maamar Ech-Cheikh

    Costume designer :

    Ivone Teles Desclozeaux

    Technical details

    Feature film

    Genres :

    Fiction

    Production language :

    French

    Original French-language productions :

    Unknown

    Nationality :

    100% French

    Production year :

    1998

    French release :

    24/02/1999

    Runtime :

    1 h 20 min

    Current status :

    Released

    Visa number :

    91.212

    Visa issue date :

    02/10/1998

    Approval :

    Yes

    Production formats :

    35mm

    Color type :

    Color

    Aspect ratio :

    1.85

    Audio format :

    Dolby SR

    Posters (1)

    Director

    Festival Selections (2)

    Cairo - International Film Festival - 1999

    Cairo - International Film Festival (Egypt, 1999)

    Selection

    Festival of festivals