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A Feature film by Alain Resnais

Produced by Arena Films

Release in France : 15/12/1993


    How it all began. We are in England, in the village of Hutton Buscel in the deepest Yorkshire. As in all these villages, there is a church, a graveyard, an Indian restaurant and a school. Toby Teasdale is the headmaster, and Irene Pridworthy, his deputy. Toby is married to Celia, the daughter of Josephine Hamilton, who is well known for her discretion. Toby's best friend, Miles Coombes, is an influential member of the school board. His wife, Rowena Coombes, has a passion for squash. The whole village is talking about it. Lionel Hepplewick, the school's caretaker, is the son of Joe Hepplewick, the village's poet laureate. And finally, there is Sylvie Bell, the Teasdale's maid. We are at the beginning of the summer, and Celia Teasdale is right in the middle of her spring cleaning. She comes out into the garden, stops for a moment, catches her breath, then spies a packet of cigarettes. She hesitates. Should she give in to the temptation ?

    Actors (2)

    Production and distribution (5)

    Executive Producer :

    Arena Films

    Foreign production companies :

    Vega Film, Alia Film

    French distribution :

    Pyramide Distribution

    Co-productions :

    Camera One, France 2 Cinéma

    Film exports/foreign sales :

    Arena Films

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    International releases (13)

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    Full credits (10)

    Executive Producer :

    Bruno Pesery

    Author of original work :

    Alan Ayckbourn

    Director of Photography :

    Renato Berta

    Editor :

    Albert Jurgenson

    Music Composer :

    John Pattison

    Adaptation :

    Jean-Pierre Bacri, Agnès Jaoui

    Sound Recordist :

    Bernard Bats

    Press Attachés (film) :

    Dominique Segall, Myriam Bruguière

    Production Designer :

    Jacques Saulnier

    Costume designer :

    Jackie Budin

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    Feature film

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    Coproducer countries :

    Italy, Switzerland, France

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    Nationality :

    Majority French (Italy, Switzerland, France)

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    Runtime :

    2 h 20 min

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    Dolby A

    Posters (1)



    Selections (2)

    Cesar Awards - French film industry awards - 1994

    Cesar Awards - French film industry awards (France, 1994)

    Selection (9)

    Best Director : Alain Resnais

    Best Cinematography : Renato Berta

    Best Sound : Bernard Bats, Gérard Lamps

    Best Film

    Best Production Design : Jacques Saulnier

    Best Actor : Pierre Arditi

    Best Editing : Albert Jurgenson

    Best Screenplay (Original or Adapted) : Jean-Pierre Bacri, Agnès Jaoui

    Best Actress : Sabine Azéma

    Berlin International Film Festival - 1994

    Berlin International Film Festival (Germany, 1994)


    Official Competition

    Awards (3)

    Cesar Awards - French film industry awards - 1994

    Cesar Awards - French film industry awards (France, 1994)

    Awards (5)

    César Award for Best Actor : Pierre Arditi

    César Award for Best Film

    César Award for Best Original or Adapted Screenplay : Jean-Pierre Bacri, Agnès Jaoui

    César Award for Best Production Design : Jacques Saulnier

    César Award for Best Director : Alain Resnais

    Berlin International Film Festival - 1994

    Berlin International Film Festival (Germany, 1994)


    Silver Bear for Best Artistic Contribution

    French Syndicate of Cinema Critics - 1993

    French Syndicate of Cinema Critics (1993)


    French Syndicate of Cinema Critics Price