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A Soldier’s Daughter Never Cries

A Feature film by James Ivory

Produced by Merchant Ivory Productions UK

Release in France : 21/04/1999

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Production and distribution (2)

Executive Producer :

Merchant Ivory Productions UK

French distribution :

Fox France

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"A Soldier’s Daughter Never Cries" tells the story of an American family through the eyes of a little girl, Channe Willis, beginning in Paris in the late sixties. When Channe is seven years old, her parents adopt a young French boy of the same age. Her father, a well-known writer, decides to return to the United States when the children reach adolescence. The film focuses on the men in Channe’s life: her brother Billy, her best friend Francis and her ailing father. It evokes the life of American ex-pats in a country whose customs and way of life remain foreign to them, and who are like foreigners themselves as they head back to an America that is no longer familiar to them.

Full credits (11)

Executive Producer :

Ismail Merchant

Screenwriters :

James Ivory, Ruth Prawer Jhabvala

Director of Photography :

Jean-Marc Fabre

Editor :

Noëlle Boisson

Music Composer :

Richard Robbins

Costume designer :

Carol Ramsey

Line Producers :

Richard Hawley, Nayeem Hafizka

Co-producer :

Paul Bradley

Sound Recordist :

Ludovic Hénault

Production Designer :

Jacques Bufnoir

Casting :

Marion Tenet

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Feature film

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Great Britain, France

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Majority French (Great Britain, France)

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Runtime :

2 h 5 min

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Festival Selections

Venice International Film Festival  - 1998

Venice International Film Festival (Italy, 1998)


Out of Competition