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A Pure Instant

A Feature film by Manuel Boursinhac

Produced by MP Productions, Breguet Production

Release in France : 24/11/1999

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MP Productions, Breguet Production

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Cara M.

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Havas Images

French distribution :

Cara M.

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Paris today. The tragicomic tribulations of Eric, 25, torn between the daily reality of drug addiction and his ambition to become a writer. Ground down by hard times, betrayed love and friendship, bum deals, lies and disillusion, he ends up in a rural rehab center for young addicts and delinquents where the daily diet is group therapy and work in the fields…


Drug abuse is a black hole of negative energy in our society. Most people simply see the addict as unhealthy, morbid, close to insanity. Yet the junkie has become the inevitable cliché character of urban cinema and TV movies. We are force-fed miserable, voyeuristic portrayals, stylized caricatures passing for junkies. Questioning this totally negative stereotype was one of my motivations for making this film. Behind this false picture, which is dangerous because it breeds intolerance and exclusion, there is always someone suffering. The subject of this film is not drug addiction in general but the particular story of a man who has fallen into its spiral. My aim was not to show the truth about drug dependence but simply to watch, making no judgments, trying to understand and above all to not betray the sincerity and authenticity of the young people I was filming. I wanted to show a pure moment in the lives of four lost souls who, in their frantic quest for pleasure, both flirt with death and struggle to survive. The film is also a story of hope and rebirth for some of them. "A Pure Moment" is a film noir about the struggle to live, shot through with love, fun and literature.

Manuel Boursinhac - Director

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Executive Producers :

Michel Propper, Laurent Thiry

Director of Photography :

Kevin Jewison

Editor :

Hélène de Luze

Music Composers :

Patrick Roffé, Marc Hillman

Screenwriters :

Manuel Boursinhac, Vincent Ravalec, Louis-Stéphane Ulysse

Sound recordists :

Paulo De Jesus, Jean Gargonne

Production Designer :

Hervé Leblanc

Costume designer :

Françoise Clavel

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Feature film

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100% French

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1 h 45 min

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