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Boesman et Léna

A Feature film by John Berry

Produced by Pathé Production

Release in France : 04/04/2001

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Pathé Production

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Pathé Distribution

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Pathé Distribution

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Le Public Système Cinéma

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“Boesman & Lena” attempts to describe the life of a couple caught between passion and habit. Outside the social conditions depicted in the film, the experience it describes is a universal one. The story’s setting is nature at its most primitive. Earth, water, air and fire are an integral part of Boesman and Lena’s existence: the four elements supply an essential backdrop against which their drama unfolds. All that we can hope for from life is courage, dignity, and maybe a certain kind of love mixed with anxiety and suffering. The film’s aim is to allow us feel this hope. It should also give a meaning to our confusing battles. We struggle, stumble through the chaos of our existence, fight to find lucidity, even if it be minimal and fleeting. A sense of worth and exaltation comes to whoever engages in this struggle , and it gives a certain meaning to existence. My most precious desire is to express all this with a crazy passion and a luminous clarity.” – John Berry.

Full credits (8)

Author of original work :

Athol Fugard

Director of Photography :

Alain Choquart

Editors :

Claudine Bouché, Jeanne Moutard

Music Composer :

Wally Badarou

Screenwriter :

John Berry

Sound recordist :

Brigitte Taillandier

Production Designer :

Max Berto

Costume designer :

Diana Cilliers

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Feature film

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100% French (France)

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1 h 29 min

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Dolby SR