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The Pupil

The Pupil

A Feature film by Olivier Schatzky

Produced by Ocelot Productions

Release in France : 11/09/1996


    The year is 1897. Julien, age 25, is hired by an aristocratic couple to tutor their 12 year old son, Morgan. The boy is wild but very gifted. Julien soon realizes that his employers lead a gimcrack life dedicated to keeping up appearances, but are actually penniless. He is swept along in their footloose, turbulent lifestyle as they decamp from place to place like gypsies. Slowly the masks come down and Julien sees the real reason why this tribe took him in: the parents are hoping he’ll rid them of Morgan.

    Actors (9)

    Production and distribution (4)

    Executive Producer :

    Ocelot Productions

    Film exports/foreign sales :

    Family Films

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    International releases (4)

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    "This story about a guileless private tutor fascinated by his student takes us gliding along the invisible wall between the world of children and that of adults, which only a few individuals touched by special grace can cross. Henry James’s novel, with its meaning that constantly escapes upwards under the apparent drift of the writing, subtly and secretly imposed its rules on us. The main part of our work was to find a balance between outward show and inner feelings, to preserve the film’s dynamism without losing its content. But over and above technique, we, the entire cast and crew, gave ourselves up to the sheer pleasure of interpreting this score in the hope of sharing with others a rare and fragile emotion that exists beyond the bounds of time and fashion."
    (Olivier Schatzky )

    Full credits (16)

    Executive Producer :

    Josée Bénabent-Loiseau

    Author of original work :

    Henry James

    Line Producer :

    Gérard Gaultier

    Director of Photography :

    Carlo Varini

    Editor :

    Jean-François Naudon

    Assistant editors :

    Martine Fleury, Albane Peñaranda, Édith Vassard

    Production Designer :

    Jacques Bufnoir

    Costume designers :

    Yvonne Sassinot de Nesle, Anne Brault

    Assistant Director :

    Do Combe

    Sound Recordist :

    Dominique Levert

    Screenwriters :

    Ève Deboise, Olivier Schatzky

    Press Attaché (film) :

    Eva Simonet

    Sound editor :

    Nadine Muse

    Continuity supervisor :

    Geneviève Château

    Music Composer :

    Romano Musumarra

    Still Photographers :

    Jean-Marie Leroy, David Koskas, Fabian Cevallos

    Technical details

    Feature film

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    Literary adaptation , Drama

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    100% French (France)

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    Runtime :

    1 h 32 min

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    Posters (1)



    Montreal World Film Festival - 1996

    Montreal World Film Festival (Canada, 1996)


    Compétition internationale


    Montreal World Film Festival - 1996

    Montreal World Film Festival (Canada, 1996)


    Award for Best Direction