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A Feature film by Pierre-Henry Salfati

Produced by Aria Films

Release in France : 11/01/1995


    At 40, Zadok doesn't even know what happiness is. He's a weird-looking character. God didn't serve him well. Zadok isn't too tall, with a hump on his back and a club-foot. All the same, nature has graced him with a lovely pair of blue eyes. Yet he is convinced that one day heaven will look kindly on him and allow him to experience love, the love of a woman of course. During a disastrous attempt at seduction, the villagers turn against Zadok and the priest who raised him is obliged to get rid of him. Zadok is then hurled into the unknown. His fate leads him into a series of increasingly burlesque adventures after which he is ready to challenge God himself.

    Actors (11)

    Production and distribution (4)

    Executive Producer :

    Aria Films

    Foreign production company :

    Jacques Sandoz Film Production

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    "Zadok's tale is the eternal story of the tricks of love and tenderness (...). I wanted to give it a style somewhere between the circus and the comic strip, worthy of a child's fantasy world (...). We must remain children as much as possible. The thing that saves the human race is its innocence. Otherwise, how can one justify the permanent horror ? (...) It takes a great deal of strength to bear war, violence, injustice and disease (...). Everything is going worse but each new day we awake renewed with the idea, indeed the certainty, that things will get better, that we will find what we're looking for. Zadok is looking for love. And he believes that God will send him a woman who will love him (...). Zadok is a blend of Quasimodo, Pinocchio and all seven dwarves. He is also a character who has escaped from one of Brueghel's paintings, a refugee from the Flemish landscape and its hayricks with his cape (...)."

    (Pierre-Henry Salfati)

    Full credits (14)

    Executive Producers :

    Thierry Forte, Christine Beytout

    Screenwriter :

    Pierre-Henry Salfati

    Director of Photography :

    Jacques Assuerus

    Sound Assistant :

    Jean Casanova

    Press Attaché (film) :

    Annie Maurette

    Production Designer :

    Jean-Louis Poveda

    Costume designer :

    Catherine Caldray

    Assistant directors :

    Eric Lécuyer, Gilles Castera

    Foreign Producer :

    Jacques Sandoz

    Sound Recordist :

    Eric Vaucher

    Production Manager :

    Patrick Delauneux

    Editor :

    Chantal Pernecker

    Music Composer :

    Carolin Petit

    Sound Mixer :

    Éric Bonnard

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    Feature film

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    France, Switzerland

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    100% French (France, Switzerland)

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    Runtime :

    1 h 48 min

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