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Lulu's Picnic

A Feature film by Didier Martiny

Produced by JM Compagnie

Release in France : 19/01/2000

    Synopsis

    World-renowned cellist, Jascha Steg, gets to a point in his life when glory tastes bitter, no longer offering any consolation. During an international tour, he gives a concert in Evian. His parents and uncle take advantage of the occasion to come to hear him play and spend some time together. Everyone rejoices at the reunion, for moments like these have now become altogether too rare. Another reunion is taking place between Lulu Kreutz and her parents. She is Steg's childhood friend and lives in this water city. Jascha also gets together with Anna, a violinist in the orchestra. He loves her… but she's there with her husband. Lulu suggests a mountain picnic where everyone will be reunited. All these folk fond of each other, but who never find the time, will be caught up celebrating an improbable, mad, joyous, marvelous, desperate reunion…

    Actors (7)

    Production and distribution (4)

    Executive Producer :

    JM Compagnie

    Film exports/foreign sales :

    Playtime (ex Films Distribution)

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    Subject

    All the acid tenderness and acuity of Yasmina Reza, who authored the screenplay, are concentrated here in a text of heart-rending accuracy. The mise-en-scène is clean and the actors impeccably directed in this ensemble piece about loneliness and the ways people devise to overcome it. One look at the cast list gives an idea of the quality of the acting. In a word, they are outstanding and the magic moments in the film are too many to list here. A special mention, though, for the night scenes in the hotel: a perfect balm for wounded hearts.

    Marie-Françoise Leclère, Le Point, 21 january 2000

    Photos (3)

    Full credits (12)

    Executive Producer :

    Jean-Philippe Reza

    Screenwriter :

    Yasmina Reza

    Sound recordists :

    Pierre Lenoir, Gérard Lamps

    Press Attaché (film) :

    Eva Simonet

    Continuity supervisor :

    Marie-Thérèse Prunier

    Music Composers :

    Robert Schumann, Jean-Sébastien Bach

    Adapter/dialogue writer :

    Didier Martiny

    Director of Photography :

    François Catonné

    Production Manager :

    Daniel Chevalier

    Editor :

    Joële Van Effenterre

    Production Designer :

    Jean-Pierre Kohut-Svelko

    Costume designer :

    Christian Gasc

    Technical details

    Feature film

    Genres :

    Fiction

    Sub-genre :

    Psychological comedy

    Production language :

    French

    Original French-language productions :

    Unknown

    Nationality :

    100% French

    Production year :

    1999

    French release :

    19/01/2000

    Runtime :

    1 h 42 min

    Current status :

    Released

    Visa number :

    89.241

    Visa issue date :

    10/12/1999

    Approval :

    Yes

    Production formats :

    35mm

    Color type :

    Color

    Aspect ratio :

    1.85

    Audio format :

    Dolby SR

    Posters (1)

    Director

    Festival Selections (3)

    Shanghai - International Film Festival - 1999

    Shanghai - International Film Festival (China, 1999)

    Selection

    Official Competition