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I, Pierre Rivière

I, Pierre Rivière

A Feature film by René Allio

Produced by Les Films Arquebuse, Polsim Production

Release in France : 27/10/2007

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On June 3, 1835, Pierre Rivière, a twenty-year-old farmer in Normandy, slit the throats of his mother, his sister Victoria, and his younger brother, Jules, with a billhook. He then fled and wandered for several weeks in the woods before being arrested. Shortly after being jailed, the murderer, whom most witnesses described as a strangely behaved young man, if not an idiot, began writing a dense memoir, an incredibily beautiful text, a veritable autobiography in which he outlined the reasons which drove him to commit his act: to deliver his father from his “sorrows and afflictions” that his wife had made him suffer from the first day of their marriage. A monstrous criminal or a “poor” madman? The debate would bring magistrates and psychiatrists into conflict for a long time.

Featuring non-professionals – found from among the farmers of the region – in most of the leading roles, René Allio has created a singular and powerful work that pieces together all the layers of this mystery.

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Full credits (13)

Executive Producers :

René Féret, Fanny Berchaux

Author of original work :

Michel Foucault

Director of photography :

Nurith Aviv

Production Manager :

Michelle Plaa

Continuity supervisor :

Marie-Hélène Quinton

Sound Mixer :

Jean-Jacques Dufour

Location Manager :

Bernard Bouix

Assistant directors :

Gérard Mordillat, Nicolas Philibert

Screenwriters :

Pascal Bonitzer, René Allio, Jean Jourdheuil, Serge Toubiana

Sound recordists :

Pierre Gamet, Francis Bonfanti, Patrice Noïa

Editor :

Sylvie Blanc

Costume designer :

Christine Laurent

Still Photographer :

Philippe Barrier

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Feature film

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Drama, Historical

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Murder, Insanity, News story

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2 h 5 min

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