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Le Bâtard

Le Bâtard

A Feature film by Bertrand Van Effenterre

Produced by Mallia Films

Release in France : 15/06/1983

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Actors (22)

Production and distribution (4)

Executive Producer :

Mallia Films

Film exports/foreign sales :

Mallia Films, Films Michele Haye

Co-production :

France 3 Cinéma

French distribution :

Cyrile Distribution


Based on Erskine Caldwell's novel, Le Batard stars Gérard Klein as Patrice, a Parisian automobile mechanic who travels to Marseille to identify the body of his loose-living and long-lost mother, who has been found murdered. After proceeding to kill off her barroom boss, he meanders around the south of France looking for sexual relationships. He comes across a teenage musician and is attracted enough to her obvious appeal to establish a more permanent liaison, taking her with him to Paris to set up housekeeping -- for she is pregnant. Soon she is driven to the limits of depression and boredom caring for their home and a new baby, and he has reached his limits of confinement and responsibility -- so he takes off again.

Full credits (19)

Executive Producer :

Bertrand Van Effenterre

Author of original work :

Erskine Caldwell

Director of Photography :

François Catonné

Sound Assistant :

Bernard Chaumeil

Editor :

Joële Van Effenterre

Continuity supervisor :

Marie Arnaud

Art Director :

Frédéric Duru

Stunt performer :

Daniel Vérité

Costume designer :

Élisabeth Tavernier

Location manager :

Séverine Olivier-Lacamp

Assistant directors :

Claire Denis, Alain Peyrollaz

Screenwriters :

Bertrand Van Effenterre, Pierre-Alain Maubert

Sound Recordist :

Pierre Gamet

Assistant Operators :

Anne Khripounoff, Catherine Strem

Assistant editor :

Isabelle Dedieu

Production Designer :

Geoffroy Larcher

Music Composer :

Norbert Aboudarham

Casting :

Dominique Besnehard, Claire Denis

Sound Mixer :

Dominique Hennequin

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Feature film

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100% French

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1 h 50 min

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