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My Little Business

My Little Business

A Feature film by Pierre Jolivet

Produced by Little Bear, Les Films Alain Sarde

Release in France : 01/09/1999

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Actors (21)

Production and distribution (4)

Executive Producers :

Little Bear, Les Films Alain Sarde

Film exports/foreign sales :

TF1 Studio (ex-TF1 International)

Co-production :

M6 Films

French distribution :

Bac Films Distribution

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Ivan works his butt off to keep his little carpentry firm going. That's the kind of guy Ivan is: he likes a job well done, even if it means working 18 hours a day. Small Wonder that his wife Nathalie packed up and left. With their son Christophe, she now lives with Sami the gym teacher from the near-by school. One day, Ivan's workshop burn's to the ground. Machines, the wood stockpile, urgent contracts... all up in smoke. But there's always the insurance.Or so our little company boss thinks. Instead he discovers that Maxime, the local insurance broker has pulled a fast one. A first class shyster, he has pocked the premiums. It goes without saying that his pocket was full of holes! Ivan now has no choice. To get back on his feet, avoid brankruptcy and prevent his workers from ending up on welfare, he has no option but to break the law: a visit to insurance company's central computer is in order, jus a little matter of predating the policy.


"My little business" is rhe result of wanting to write something for Vincent Lindon, Roschdy Zem and François Berléand - actors i love to work with. I also wanted to carry on the social spirit of "Fred", but from a more mocking viewpoint. It's the désire to give concrete expression to my conversation with producer Frédéric Bourboulon. It's wanting to make use of my co-screenwriter Simon Michael's experiences. It's the delight of once again meeting Zabou Breitman, with Catherine Mouchet and of succeeding, at last, in meeting with Alain Bashung. In fact, when i speak about the film, i speak about the people who made it, because the cinema is like a little business: human being are what counts- Pierre Jolivet -Director-

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Full credits (19)

Executive Producers :

Frédéric Bourboulon, Alain Sarde

Screenwriters :

Pierre Jolivet, Simon Michaël

Sound Recordist :

Pierre Excoffier

Camera Operator :

Jean-Marc Negroni

Editors :

Yves Deschamps, Charlotte Teillard d'Eyry

Continuity supervisor :

Brigitte Hedou-Prat

Art Director :

Paul Decaux

Costume designer :

Valérie Pozzo di Borgo

Make-up Artist :

Nathalie Tissier

Still Photographer :

Jurgen Vollmer

Assistant directors :

Cécile Chaspoul, Sandra Dalle, Isabelle Beauchesne

Director of Photography :

Bertrand Chatry

Assistant Operator :

Jean-Paul Agostini

Press Attachés (film) :

Jean-Pierre Vincent, Clotilde Lécuillier

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Production Designer :

Sylvie Salmon

Music Composer :

Alain Bashung

French Distributor :

Jean Labadie

Sound Mixer :

William Flageollet

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Feature film

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Social comedy

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100% French

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Runtime :

1 h 36 min

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Dolby Digital

Posters (2)


Festival Selections (8)

Sydney French Film Festival - 2001

Sydney French Film Festival (Australia, 2001)


Films selected

Cesar Awards - French film industry awards - 2000

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

Selection (5)

Best Screenplay (Original or Adapted) : Pierre Jolivet, Simon Michaël

Best Supporting Actor : François Berléand

Best Supporting Actor : Roschdy Zem

Best Supporting Actress : Catherine Mouchet

Best Actor : Vincent Lindon

Florence France Cinema Festival - 1999

Florence France Cinema Festival (Italy, 1999)

Selection (2)

Other Awards


Montreal World Film Festival - 1999

Montreal World Film Festival (Canada, 1999)


Compétition internationale

Awards (3)

Cesar Awards - French film industry awards - 2000

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


César Award for Best Supporting Actor : François Berléand

Montreal World Film Festival - 1999

Montreal World Film Festival (Canada, 1999)


Award for Best Screenplay

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