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To Have (Or Not)

To Have (Or Not)

A Feature film by Laetitia Masson

Produced by CLP, Dacia Films

Release in France : 27/12/1995


    Boulogne-sur-Mer. One morning, 26-year-old Alice, a worker in a fish cannery, loses her job. She tells herself that it's time to make a fresh start, but doing what? Stay here and rot or get a real life somewhere else? In Lyons, 27-year-old Bruno, a construction worker, is feeling down and lonely. He hangs out with a pal, the night-porter at the Ideal Hotel. One evening, he sees a young woman at the bar... It's Alice.

    Actors (10)

    Production and distribution (3)

    Executive Producers :

    CLP, Dacia Films

    French distribution :

    Fox France

    Film exports/foreign sales :

    Editions Montparnasse

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    "The first time we met, her singularity was what I liked about her : her more than average height, her direct, slightly haughty stare, the proud face, her breasts below her frail shoulders, her skin-tone... Then, at one point, all that scared me... Perhaps it was too much for the character of a working-class girl, too much charm, too much grace, too much perfection ! Then we worked and worked and worked some more. And that's when I discovered her generosity, humanity, wounds, the necessary humility, strength of will, fears and the humour used to dispel them... And then I knew no one else would be better in the part."

    (Laetitia Masson, about Sandrine Kiberlain)

    Full credits (13)

    Executive Producers :

    François Cuel, Georges Benayoun

    Line Producer :

    Françoise Guglielmi

    Director of photography :

    Caroline Champetier

    Assistant Operators :

    Laurent Hincelin, Julien Hirsch

    Editor :

    Yann Dedet

    Continuity supervisor :

    Babeth Si Ramdane

    Sound Mixer :

    Joël Rangon

    Assistant directors :

    Jérôme Brière, Sarah Teper

    Screenwriter :

    Laetitia Masson

    Sound recordists :

    Michel Vionnet, Vinca Vermesse

    Production Manager :

    Nicolas Daguet

    Assistant editors :

    Emmanuelle Pencalet, Anne Souriau

    Production Designer :

    Arnaud de Moleron

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    Feature film

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    100% French

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    Runtime :

    1 h 30 min

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    Posters (1)


    Festival Selections (6)

    Karlovy Vary International Film Festival - 1999

    Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (Czech Republic, 1999)


    Retrospective - French Regional cinema

    Cesar Awards - French film industry awards - 1996

    Cesar Awards - French film industry awards (France, 1996)

    Selection (2)

    Best first picture : Laetitia Masson

    Most Promising Actress : Sandrine Kiberlain

    Berlin - Youth Film Forum - 1996

    Berlin - Youth Film Forum (Germany, 1996)


    Feature Film Forum

    Venice International Film Festival  - 1995

    Venice International Film Festival (Italy, 1995)


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    Awards (2)

    Cesar Awards - French film industry awards - 1996

    Cesar Awards - French film industry awards (France, 1996)


    César Award for Most Promising Actress : Sandrine Kiberlain

    Berlin International Film Festival - 1996

    Berlin International Film Festival (Germany, 1996)


    C.I.C.A.E. Award (art house)