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The Sentinel

The Sentinel

A Feature film by Arnaud Desplechin

Produced by Why Not Productions

Release in France : 20/05/1992

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The son of a diplomat, twenty-five-year old Mathias Barillet is taking classes in forensic medecine. He lives in Germany, where his father now works, but the boredom of living in Aachen drives him to set out for Paris. During a duties check on the train back to his homeland, Mathias meets a man who threatens and insults him, then simply disappears. The next day, still upset, Mathias discovers a skull in his luggage, a shrunken head, in keeping with Jivaros Indian tradition. Fascinated by this fragment of human remains, he feels somehow responsable. Who was it ? Who gave it to him? And why ?...

Full credits (18)

Executive Producers :

Nicole Arbib, Pascal Caucheteux, Grégoire Sorlat

Adapters/dialogue writers :

Pascale Ferran, Noémie Lvovsky, Emmanuel Salinger

Director of photography :

Caroline Champetier

Sound Assistant :

Michel Casang

Production managers :

Sylvie Barthet, Christian Paumier

Editor :

François Gédigier

Production Designer :

Antoine Platteau

Casting :

Noémie Lvovsky

Sound Mixer :

Jean-Pierre Laforce

Assistant directors :

Hubert Barbin, Marie Vermillard

Screenwriter :

Arnaud Desplechin

Sound recordists :

Jean-Pierre Laforce, Bernard Aubouy, Laurent Poirier

Assistant Operators :

Julien Hirsch, Olivier Chambon

Press Attaché (film) :

Agnès Chabot

Assistant editors :

Stéphanie Araud, Laurence Briaud, Camille Cotte, Caroline Émery, Sylvie Gadmer, Emmanuelle Poinsot

Music Composer :

Marc Sommer

Costume designer :

Valérie Pozzo di Borgo

Location Manager :

Cyrille Bragnier

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Feature film

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Philosophical tale, Bizarre

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100% French

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Runtime :

2 h 25 min

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Posters (1)



Festival Selections (3)

Dublin French Film Festival - 2013

Dublin French Film Festival (Ireland, 2013)



Cesar Awards - French film industry awards - 1993

Cesar Awards - French film industry awards (France, 1993)

Selection (3)

Best Screenplay (Original or Adapted) : Arnaud Desplechin

Best first picture

Most Promising Actor : Emmanuel Salinger

Cannes International Film Festival - 1992

Cannes International Film Festival (France, 1992)


Official Competition


Cesar Awards - French film industry awards - 1993

Cesar Awards - French film industry awards (France, 1993)


César award for most promising actor : Emmanuel Salinger