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A Feature film by Ariel Zeïtoun

Produced by Légende

Release in France : 10/12/1997


    How life is strange ! Place Alexandrie, in the heart of the mainly Jewish Sentier, the rag-trade district of Paris, here, Alain Berrebi is enjoying a happy and prosperous existence in the company of his family in his ready-to-wear boutique XL. Until the day an old Auvergnat dies in the back-of-beyonds of the Cantal and suddenly his life becomes a nightmare. Everyone seems to want to drive poor Berrebi off his rocker, Arlette, his fiancée, the father David Stern, the cousin Nathan. Even the chinese... Sheer hell ! But when you touch rock-bottom, the only way is up. You get burnt, but you emerge with a thirst for life and dreams which become reality.

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    ''My family still lives in Auvergne, and I started working with Agnès B. doing ready-to-wear. In fact, both communities have many things in common: the work ethic, the importance of the

    family, of the mother, of mutual help. (...) And, even though Jews are reputed for hating the countryside, history saw fit to unite them with the Massif Central country-folk. During the war many Auvergnat people took in Jewish children.'' (Florence Quentin, Screenwriter - Extract from an article in the Figaro: 10/12/1997)

    Full credits (22)

    Executive Producer :

    Ilan Goldman

    Adaptation :

    Florence Quentin

    Screenwriter :

    Florence Quentin

    Director of Photography :

    Philippe Pavans de Cecatty

    Camera Operator :

    Patrick de Ranter

    Press Attaché (film) :

    Claude Davy

    Sound Editor :

    Dominique Vieillard

    Continuity supervisor :

    Sophie Thevenet-Becker

    Music Composer :

    Goran Bregovic

    Costume designer :

    Édith Vesperini

    Location manager :

    Christine de Jekel

    Assistant directors :

    Pascal Guérin, Eric Fourniols

    Sound Recordist :

    Vincent Tulli

    Co-producers :

    Nicolas Seydoux, Alain Poiré, Laurent Storch, Gérard Depardieu

    Sound assistants :

    Emmanuel Ughetto, Arthur Le Roux

    Production Manager :

    Jérôme Chalou

    Editor :

    Hugues Darmois (Hachdé)

    Assistant editor :

    Brigitte Chanteloube

    Production Designers :

    Dominique André, Christian Gazio

    Stunt performer :

    Alain Guerillot

    Still Photographers :

    Roseline Casal-Serra, David Koskas

    Production secretary :

    Vanessa Fourgeaud

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    100% French (France)

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    1 h 35 min

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    Dolby SR