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Whatever

Whatever

A Feature film by Philippe Harel

Produced by Lazennec & Associés

Release in France : 13/10/1999

    Synopsis

    An ordinary computer technician, lacking any ambition or drive, is obliged to take several business trips to the provinces. He's accompanied by a work colleague who's still looking for love despite successive failures in the past. But in a perfectly free sexual system, life is sometimes painful and disappointing. Some have an exciting and varied erotic life, others are reduced to masturbation and solitude; it's what's called the law of the market.

    Actors (34)

    Production and distribution (4)

    Executive Producer :

    Lazennec & Associés

    Film exports/foreign sales :

    STUDIOCANAL

    Co-production :

    STUDIOCANAL

    French distribution :

    Mars Distribution

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    International releases (4)

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    Subject

    The sorry itinerary of this computer executive, whose only social interaction relates to his job and who has no sex life, goes a step beyond merely being striking sociological observation of human "types" (in the present case, pretty mediocre urban service sector). Harel's film is devoid of clichés while not indulging his lead character – he couldn't care less if he's likeable, but he doesn't lay it on thick, either. It reveals the potential personal consequences of a society totally subjected to free enterprise in the areas of economy, thought and behavior. On an emotional and sexual level, the devastation wrought by impoverishment isn't immediately visible, although just as deadly. A struggle continues, not to live, just to survive.

    Christophe Chauville – "Repérages," October/November 1999

    Photos (3)

    Full credits (18)

    Executive Producer :

    Adeline Lecallier

    Adapter/dialogue writer :

    Philippe Harel

    Associate producers :

    Bertrand Faivre, Christophe Rossignon, Alain Rocca

    Director of Photography :

    Gilles Henry

    Assistant Operator :

    Sébastien Leclercq

    Press Attaché (film) :

    Agnès Chabot

    Production Designer :

    Louise Marzaroli

    Costume designer :

    Anne Schotte

    Still Photographer :

    Guy Ferrandis

    Assistant Director :

    Jérôme Zajdermann

    Author of original work :

    Michel Houellebecq

    Screenwriter :

    Philippe Harel

    Sound Recordist :

    Joël Flesher

    Production manager :

    Ève François Machuel

    Editors :

    Bénédicte Teiger, Thomas Desjonquères

    Casting :

    Marie de Laubier

    Narrator :

    Philippe Bianco

    Location Manager :

    Christophe Desenclos

    Technical details

    Feature film

    Genres :

    Fiction

    Sub-genre :

    Drama, Literary adaptation

    Production language :

    French

    Production country :

    France

    Original French-language productions :

    Unknown

    Nationality :

    100% French (France)

    Production year :

    1999

    French release :

    13/10/1999

    Runtime :

    2 h

    Current status :

    Released

    Visa number :

    95.365

    Visa issue date :

    14/10/1999

    Approval :

    Yes

    Production formats :

    35mm

    Color type :

    Color

    Aspect ratio :

    1.85

    Posters (1)

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    Festival Selections (6)

    BFI London Film Festival - 1999

    BFI London Film Festival (Great Britain, 1999)

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