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Change my Life

A Feature film by Liria Bégéja

Produced by Pan-Européenne

Release in France : 28/11/2001

    Synopsis

    Nina, 45, is a stage actress. Some twelve or so years ago, when her career was really taking off in Paris, she left everything behind. Why? To perform Jean Genêt’s plays in Russia. For whom? A Russian director she was in love with. The affair over, Nina returns to Paris. She wants to keep acting, but all she has in her favor is her determination. A friend, Nadine, either for reasons of friendship or to stave off loneliness, offers Nina lodgings in the room above her apartment and work in her gallery. For now, just while Nina’s ‘between jobs’. One day, totally depressed, and assailed by a feeling that she’s messed up her life, Nina panics and swallows some sleeping pills. She staggers into the street and collapses in Batignolles Square. People walk on by, taking sidelong glances, not stopping. Except for Sami, an Algerian man in his thirties, who is training in the park. Once out of hospital, Nina wants to find the man who saved her. The only person who came to her rescue… Nina, screwed-up actress, falls for Sami, Algerian marathon runner whose broken dreams have forced him into prostitution as a transvestite. He clings to this love affair in order to not sink any lower. They both fight tooth and nail to change their situation, to rescue one another. But Nina relies too heavily on Sami; he goes under. Nina backs off, Sami can no longer get her back…

    Actors (13)

    Production and distribution (3)

    Executive Producer :

    Pan-Européenne

    French distribution :

    Wild Bunch Distribution

    Film exports/foreign sales :

    SND Groupe M6

    International releases (2)

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    Full credits (11)

    Executive Producer :

    Philippe Godeau

    Director of Photography :

    Laurent Machuel

    Production manager :

    Sylvie Balland

    Editor :

    Luc Barnier

    Production Designer :

    Laurent Allaire

    Costume designer :

    Fabio Perrone

    Screenwriter :

    Liria Bégéja

    Sound recordists :

    Didier Saïn, Nicolas Naegelen, Daniel Sobrino, Philippe Escanecrabe

    Press Attaché (film) :

    Michèle Abitbol-Lasry

    Continuity supervisor :

    Bérengère Saint-Bezar

    Music Composer :

    Cheb Mami

    Technical details

    Feature film

    Genres :

    Fiction

    Themes :

    Homosexuality, Love

    Production language :

    French

    Production country :

    France

    Original French-language productions :

    Unknown

    Nationality :

    100% French (France)

    Production year :

    2000

    French release :

    28/11/2001

    Runtime :

    1 h 41 min

    Current status :

    Released

    Visa number :

    100.071

    Visa issue date :

    30/10/2001

    Approval :

    Yes

    Production formats :

    35mm

    Color type :

    Color

    Aspect ratio :

    1.85

    Audio format :

    Dolby SRD

    Posters (1)

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