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The Frenchman's Son

The Frenchman's Son

A Feature film by Gérard Lauzier

Produced by Film Par Film

Release in France : 15/12/1999

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Film Par Film

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Pathé Distribution

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TF1 Films Production

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One is quite serious when one is ten. Benjamin is without a mother and on the hunt for his father, a gold digger is Brazil. He is so stubborn in his search that he brings along both his grandmothers into the Amazonian jungle : Anne, the prima donna grandma, smart but broker, and Suzanne, the proletarian granny, fond of poker and a caretaker. They hate each other but have little choice but to help Benjamin in his quest…


It's true that the two warring grandmothers, let loose in hostile nature, have many things in common with my own. When looking for a subject, you do the rounds of the people closest to you, the people you know the best; you cling to reality like a life-buoy. Between the ages of 10 to 16, I lived with my paternal grandmother, a very middle-class lady who was hard up. My working-class grandmother, from Marseilles, was a communist, went to demos, prayed. I didn't invent class antagonism, it existed well and truly between those two women whom I loved very much. They were the inspiration behind that fantastic springboard of the duo who has nothing in common in the beginning, and who winds up being inseparable. In cinema, these roles are usually given to men to play.

Gérard Lauzier – Director, excerpt from the press folder

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Full credits (16)

Executive Producer :

Jean-Louis Livi

Line Producer :

Bernard Marescot

Director of Photography :

Robert Alazraki

Sound Assistant :

Bernard Chaumeil

Production Manager :

Marc Vade

Editor :

Georges Klotz

Continuity supervisor :

Jacqueline Gamard

Costume designer :

Marpessa Djian

Assistant Director :

Nicolas Guy

Screenwriter :

Gérard Lauzier

Sound Recordist :

Pierre Gamet

Camera operators :

Yves Agostini, Arthur Cloquet

Press Attaché (film) :

Claude Davy

Assistant editor :

Viviane Gourvest

Production Designer :

Christian Marti

Still Photographer :

Arnaud Borrel

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Feature film

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100% French

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1 h 47 min

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