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Closet Children

A Feature film by Benoit Jacquot

Produced by GMF Productions, Sunchild Productions

Release in France : 12/10/1977


    Nicola (Lou Castel) bears the psychological scars of unbearable guilt. As a boy, he was given the job of looking after his mentally unstable mother and protecting her from herself. One day, he and his sister went instead into a large closet and enacted a childishly intensive "I dare you" bonding ritual, marking one another with the blade of their father's sword cane. While he was occupied in this manner, the boy's mother hung herself and died. Now an adult, he still has an unhealthily strong fixation on his sister. This is so obvious that a girlfriend of his sister's, with whom he has an affair, breaks it off, complaining that she is not interested in being a stand-in for the sister.

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    Actors (10)

    Production and distribution (4)

    Executive Producers :

    GMF Productions, Sunchild Productions

    Film exports/foreign sales :

    Tamasa Distribution

    Associate producer :

    INA - Institut national de l'audiovisuel

    French distribution :

    mk2 films

    Full credits (13)

    Executive Producer :

    Michel Chanderli

    Producer :

    Stéphane Tchalgadjieff

    Director of Photography :

    Pierre Lhomme

    Assistant Operator :

    Jacques Renard

    Production manager :

    Stella Quef

    Continuity supervisor :

    Geneviève Dufour

    Still Photographer :

    Catherine Faux

    Assistant Director :

    Jacques Tronel

    Screenwriter :

    Benoit Jacquot

    Sound Recordist :

    Michel Vionnet

    Camera Operator :

    Jean-Yves Delbreuve

    Editor :

    Fanette Simonet

    Production Designer :

    Raoul Albert

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    Feature film

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    France (100.0%)

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    100% French (France)

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    Runtime :

    1 h 45 min

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