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La Bûche

La Bûche

A Feature film by Danièle Thompson

Produced by Les Films Alain Sarde

Release in France : 24/11/1999

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Production and distribution (4)

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Les Films Alain Sarde

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TF1 Films Production

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Pathé Distribution

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"Hostile depression" is the kind that hits everyone - poor, rich, young, old - on Christmas Eve. This compulsory celebration - at once delightful and frightful - is a truth-telling moment for three sisters, Louba the singer, Sonia the lady, Milla the rebel. Likewise for their parents, Stanislas, retired Gypsy violinis, and Yvette, now a widow after the death of her second husbanb. It's not always merry, but there's plenty of laughter. A fine definition of life itself!


I did what I wanted, the way I wanted. It's "my" film. I'm still astounded by it! For the first time, I won't have a feeling of success of failure by proxy, hidden behind my desk, busy writing another script for another director. I did it and it was just great. The camera, lighting, movement, rhythm, actors... Ah, the actors! I knew how much I admired them. I thought about them a lot, their mystery, fragility, power. I said to myself, if one day... and then the day came; they were mine at last. With each take we became a kind of passionate couple, each of us wanting to make the other feel good, sometimes is spite of ourselves. I discovered how much I'd missed them during these years of working solely in my imaginations. I wrote their words, but how would they say them? What pace? My obsession: how would they move, where would they be, near to or far from the camera? For the first time, I didn't have to give my baby up for adoption.

Danièle Thompson - Director, excerpt from the press folder

Full credits (11)

Executive Producer :

Alain Sarde

Screenwriters :

Christopher Thompson, Danièle Thompson

Sound recordists :

Jean-Pierre Duret, William Flageollet

Editor :

Isabelle Castro

Music Composer :

Michel Legrand

Visual Effects :

Bruno Maillard

Adapter/dialogue writer :

Danièle Thompson

Directors of Photography :

Jean Harnois, Robert Fraisse

Press Attachés (film) :

Dominique Segall, Laurent Renard

Production Designer :

Michèle Abbé

Costume designer :

Élisabeth Tavernier

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Feature film

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100% French (France)

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1 h 46 min

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Posters (1)



Festival Selections (7)

Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival - 2000

Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival (Brazil, 2000)


Panorama of World Cinema

Tokyo- French Film Festival - 2000

Tokyo- French Film Festival (Japan, 2000)


Feature Films

Cesar Awards - French film industry awards - 2000

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

Selection (4)

Best Screenplay (Original or Adapted) : Christopher Thompson, Danièle Thompson

Best first picture : Danièle Thompson

Best Supporting Actor : Claude Rich

Best Supporting Actress : Charlotte Gainsbourg

Lumiere Awards - 2000

Lumiere Awards (France, 2000)


French Films

Awards (2)

Cesar Awards - French film industry awards - 2000

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


Cesar Award for Best Supporting Actress : Charlotte Gainsbourg

Lumiere Awards - 2000

Lumiere Awards (France, 2000)

Awards (2)

Meilleur scénario : Danièle Thompson

Meilleur scénario : Christopher Thompson

Delegations (4)