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A Feature film by Merzak Allouache

Produced by Films Christian Fechner

Release in France : 19/03/2003

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Executive Producer :

Films Christian Fechner

French distribution :

Warner Bros. (France)

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France 2 Cinéma

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Chouchou, a young North African, passes himself off as a Chilean exile fleeing the dictatorship to illegally enter France.
He is taken in by Father Leon, responsible for a parish in a Parisian suburb.
Although Chouchou’s real identity is quickly found out, Father Leon bears him no ill will and even scores him a receptionist and cleaning job with a psychoanalyst, Nicole Milovavich.
Divided between his stormy living situation with Brother Jean and his work, Chouchou gets caught up in a fantastic world totally new to him. Little by little, he begins to fit in and even starts making breakthroughs. He goes to Paris’s Clichy neighborhood in search of his nephew and finds him in a cabaret, The Apocalypse, where he is a torch singer called Vanessa. Chouchou rejoices, because he is also occasionally a transvestite, and soon he is one of the gang.
He meets Stanislas, a regular client of The Apocalypse, and it’s love at first sight.
Chouchou basks in happiness until the day Lieutenant Grégoire appears on the scene. A patient of Doctor Milovavich, the cop has some peculiar behavior problems. Chouchou’s daily life is turned upside down and the fairy tale he’s been living comes under threat.

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Executive Producer :

Christian Fechner

Screenwriters :

Merzak Allouache, Gad Elmaleh

Director of Photography :

Laurent Machuel

Production Manager :

Jean-Louis Nieuwbourg

Editor :

Sylvie Gadmer

Production Designer :

Sylvie Deldon

Costume designers :

Fabienne Katany, Ricardo Martinez-Paz

Line Producer :

Jean-Louis Nieuwbourg

Voice-over :

Axelle Laffont

Sound recordists :

Paul Lainé, Gérard Rousseau, Stéphane Reichart

Press Attachés (film) :

Myriam Bruguière, Olivier Guigues

Continuity supervisor :

Lucie Truffaut

Music Composers :

Germinal Tenas, Gilles Tinayre

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Feature film

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100% French

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1 h 30 min

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Dolby DTS

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