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The Light

The Light

A Feature film by Philippe Lioret

Produced by Nord-Ouest Films

Release in France : 03/11/2004

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Camille arrives in Ouessant, the island of her birth off the Brittany coast, to sell the family home. She spends a last night in the house during which she discovers a secret. In 1963 a man came to work with her father, who was the Jument lighthouse operator. He only stayed two months, but his presence proved to be a disturbing catalyst.


The Light by Philippe Lioret (L’Equipier, France, 2004, 105 min.). Sandrine Bonnaire stars in this graceful, sweeping story of love, friendship, and trust set on a remote island off the coast of Brittany. In 1963, Antoine arrives on Île de Ouessant to become the new keeper of La Jument lighthouse, but he is an outsider in the island’s tight-knit community. Antoine works next to Yvon (Philippe Torreton), who is married to the radiant Mabé (Bonnaire), with whom Antoine quickly begins to exchange loving glances. With an insightful script that captures the nuances of bitterness that inflect even the friendliest words, director Philippe Lioret explores how places like Ouessant can be majestic natural wonders to tourists, but tiring, dead-end prisons to long-time residents. “A satisfying drama of simmering passions that unfolds in an arrestingly atmospheric setting” (Variety). Description adapted from the Toronto Film Festival.

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Executive Producer :

Christophe Rossignon

Director of Photography :

Patrick Blossier

Production Manager :

Olivier Hélie

Editor :

Mireille Leroy

Music Composer :

Nicola Piovani

Screenwriters :

Philippe Lioret, Emmanuel Courcol, Christian Sinniger

Sound recordists :

Jean-Marie Blondel, Germain Boulay, Éric Tisserand

Press Attaché (film) :

Laurette Monconduit

Production Designer :

Yves Brover

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Feature film

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100% French (France)

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1 h 45 min

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Dolby SRD

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Festival Selections (12)

French Film Festival in China - 2005

French Film Festival in China (China, 2005)


French feature films selected (out of competition)

Cesar Awards - French film industry awards - 2005

Cesar Awards - French film industry awards (France, 2005)

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Best Original Music : Nicola Piovani

Best Supporting Actress : Émilie Dequenne

Best Actor : Philippe Torreton

TIFF - 2004

TIFF (Canada, 2004)


Contemporary World Cinema

Cannes Film Market - 2004

Cannes Film Market (France, 2004)



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