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The Children

The Children

A Feature film by Marguerite Duras, Jean-Marc Turine, Jean Mascolo

Produced by Les Productions Berthemont

Release in France : 29/05/1985

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Actors (5)

Production and distribution (3)

Executive Producer :

Les Productions Berthemont

French distribution :

Les Films sans Frontières

Film exports/foreign sales :

Films Benoît Jacob

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More of a commentary on life as seen by Marguerite Duras than a movie on a family's internal relationships, this intriguing story focuses on Ernesto, a seven-year-old (played by the adult Alexander Bougosslavsky) who leaves school after several weeks because he is not interested in learning. Convinced there is no knowledge of any use in a spiritually dead world, Ernesto goes his own melancholy way, espousing his theories. His father Enrico (Daniel Gelin) cannot fathom his son's behavior, but his mother Natasha (Tatiana Moukhine) is still supportive of Ernesto, no matter how odd he may seem. Although the dialogue is the main protagonist in this film, the daily lives and interactions of the family members enliven Duras's cinematic essay on life and its meaning.

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Full credits (8)

Assistant Director :

Jean-Marc Turine

Screenwriter :

Marguerite Duras

Production Designer :

Annie Sénéchal

Costume designer :

Christian Gasc

Producers :

Robert Pansard-Besson, Frédéric Vieille

Sound Recordist :

Michel Vionnet

Music Composer :

Carlos d'Alessio

Still Photographer :

Bruno Nuytten

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Feature film

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100% French

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Runtime :

1 h 34 min

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Posters (1)

Directors (3)

Festival Selections

Berlin International Film Festival - 1985

Berlin International Film Festival (Germany, 1985)


Official Competition


Berlin International Film Festival - 1985

Berlin International Film Festival (Germany, 1985)

Awards (2)

C.I.C.A.E. Award (art house)