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A Feature film by René Féret

Produced by Les Films Alyne

Release in France : 23/08/1989

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The story of director René Féret's parents. In 1935, his mother Aline (Valerie Stroh) works in her parents' cafe in a mining town in northern France. There, she meets a customer, Pierre (Jean-Yves Berteloot), and decides she is going to marry him. In a reversal of roles, she is the one who proposes to him, and she also engineers a false pregnancy to persuade her parents to okay the match. With a few stops along the way, the story picks up after the war with the birth of the couple's third son, who is given the name Rene in memory of their first, dead son. Never rich, they achieve some level of financial stability just as their sons are about to head off to the city for college. The love between the two older people is highlighted in a poignant scene as, just as he is about to die, the father shares a champagne toast with his wife in memory of one of their happier moments.

Full credits (17)

Executive Producer :

René Féret

Associate Producer :

Jean-Bernard Fetoux

Foreign producer :

Marion Hänsel

Director of Photography :

Pierre Lhomme

Assistant Operator :

Jean-Yves Le Poulain

Editor :

Henri Lanoé

Continuity supervisor :

Joëlle Keyser

Foley artist :

Jérôme Lévy

Sound Mixer :

Jacques Thomas-Gérard

Assistant directors :

François Robin, Philippe Roussel, Christophe Vallée

Screenwriter :

René Féret

Co-producer :

Louis Wipf

Sound Recordist :

Michel Vionnet

Camera operators :

Marc Detiffe, Jean-Paul Meurisse

Sound editor :

Susana Rossberg

Music Composer :

Evelyne Stroh

Costume designer :

Barbara Kidd

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Feature film

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Family, Fate

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France, Belgium

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2 h 7 min

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