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Family Resemblances

Family Resemblances

A Feature film by Cédric Klapisch

Produced by Telema

Release in France : 06/11/1996

    Synopsis

    It's a family affair. The Menard family have a rituel : every week they meet at Henri's café and go on to have dinner at "Aux ducs de Bretagne", the best restaurant this small provincial suburb has to offer. This week there's a fly in the ointment : Arlette, Henri's wife, misses the roll call. She's gone off for a week "to think things over". On the regular scale of events it's no big deal, but it builds up and spills over into other, deeper dramas which this familiy have cherished and nurtured since childhood. A family is like a gift -once you've been given it, you pretty much have to keep it.

    Actors (12)

    Production and distribution (4)

    Executive Producer :

    Telema

    Film exports/foreign sales :

    TF1 Studio (ex-TF1 International)

    Co-productions :

    STUDIOCANAL, France 2 Cinéma

    French distribution :

    Bac Films Distribution

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    International releases (21)

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    About

    The trouble is, everything went well and pretty smoothly; No sagas, not even any tasty tidbits to relate. We'd been playing for less than a month at the Théâtre de la Renaissance when Chrales Gassot came to see the play and suggested making a movie version. We mentioned Cédric Klapisch, he saw the play and agreed to do it. That was in early winter. We got down to work. We wrote for several months and then started filming. Cédric directed us all a great deal. He wasn't out to "trash the theatre" but to use it, use our knowlegde of the situations and characters to fine-tune the dialogue. He has an exceptional sense of music and rhytm, of acting in fact, and doesn't need to throw his weight around to get what he wants from an actor. That makes it very easy to let onself be directed without mistrust. About my character, for example, we didn't quite see eye to eye at first.He thought I'd made her too tough nd not likeable enough on stage, whereas I'd deliberately kept her from being too charming or sweet. Being liked or being pretty is not her main concern ; she escapes the mould that most young actresses are cast into. But then, as we went on talking, I realized that Cédric didn't want to betray the character, only improve her, and I happily went along with him.

    Agnès Jaoui

    Full credits (19)

    Executive Producer :

    Charles Gassot

    Adapter/dialogue writer :

    Cédric Klapisch

    Screenwriters :

    Jean-Pierre Bacri, Agnès Jaoui, Cédric Klapisch

    Sound Recordist :

    François Waledisch

    Production Manager :

    Patrick Lancelot

    Editor :

    Francine Sandberg

    Assistant Editor :

    Jenny Frenck

    Production Designer :

    François Emmanuelli

    Costume designer :

    Corinne Jorry

    Sound Mixer :

    Jean-Pierre Laforce

    Assistant Director :

    Jacques Royer

    Authors of original work :

    Jean-Pierre Bacri, Agnès Jaoui

    Director of Photography :

    Benoît Delhomme

    Assistant Operator :

    Xavier Tauveron

    Press Attaché (film) :

    Laurence Granec

    Sound Editor :

    Philippe Heissler

    Continuity supervisor :

    Agathe Sallaberry

    Music Composer :

    Philippe Eidel

    French Distributor :

    Jean Labadie

    Technical details

    Feature film

    Genres :

    Fiction

    Sub-genre :

    Comedy

    Themes :

    Family

    Production language :

    French

    Production country :

    France (100.0%)

    Original French-language productions :

    Yes

    Nationality :

    100% French (France)

    Production year :

    1996

    French release :

    06/11/1996

    Runtime :

    1 h 50 min

    Current status :

    Released

    Visa number :

    87.955

    Visa issue date :

    05/07/1996

    Approval :

    Yes

    Production formats :

    35mm

    Color type :

    Color

    Aspect ratio :

    CinemaScope

    Audio format :

    Dolby A

    Posters (1)

    Director

    Festival Selections (8)

    Cesar Awards - French film industry awards - 1997

    Cesar Awards - French film industry awards (France, 1997)

    Selection (7)

    Best Film

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

    Best Producer : Charles Gassot

    Best Supporting Actor : Jean-Pierre Darroussin

    Best Supporting Actress : Agnès Jaoui

    Best Supporting Actress : Catherine Frot

    Best Director : Cédric Klapisch

    Lumiere Awards - 1997

    Lumiere Awards (France, 1997)

    Selection

    French Films

    Acapulco French Film Festival - 1996

    Acapulco French Film Festival (Mexico, 1996)

    Selection

    French Feature Films

    Montreal World Film Festival - 1996

    Montreal World Film Festival (Canada, 1996)

    Selection (2)

    Other Awards

    Compétition internationale

    Awards (3)

    Cesar Awards - French film industry awards - 1997

    Cesar Awards - French film industry awards (France, 1997)

    Awards (3)

    César Award for Best Supporting Actor : Jean-Pierre Darroussin

    César Award for Best Supporting Actress : Catherine Frot

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

    Lumiere Awards - 1997

    Lumiere Awards (France, 1997)

    Awards (4)

    Meilleur réalisateur : Cédric Klapisch

    Meilleur scénario : Jean-Pierre Bacri

    Meilleur scénario : Cédric Klapisch

    Meilleur scénario : Agnès Jaoui

    Montreal World Film Festival - 1996

    Montreal World Film Festival (Canada, 1996)

    Awards (2)

    Jury Grand Prix

    Air Canada People's Choice Award

    Delegations (3)

    Lumiere Awards - 1997

    Lumiere Awards (France, 1997)

    Team (3)

    Screenwriter : Jean-Pierre Bacri

    Screenwriter : Agnès Jaoui

    Director : Cédric Klapisch