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An Air So Pure

An Air So Pure

A Feature film by Yves Angelo

Produced by Les Films Alain Sarde

Release in France : 03/09/1997


    During the First World War, a lawyer and a doctor buy an old house in the mountains which they convert into a "rest home" a kind of hotel-cum-sanatorium, a place of leisure and cure, for both holiday-makers in search of peace and quiet and ill people suffering from nervous and pulmonary ailments. Yet behind the hotel's luxury, and the beauty of the landscapes of this strange mountain-top setting, whose single link with the outside world is the daily passage of war-wounded, there lurks a disturbing reality : unbearable solitude, sordid affairs of money and sex, betrayal, absurd deaths, calculated murders, emotional devastation... all of which serves to warp the daily veneer of decorum and good conduct. This is a human "comedy" which through solitude and suffering reveals the underlying nature and ambiguity of each individual.

    Actors (16)

    Production and distribution (5)

    Executive Producer :

    Les Films Alain Sarde

    Foreign production companies :

    Héritage Films, Les Films de l'Étang

    French distribution :


    Co-production :

    France 2 Cinéma

    Film exports/foreign sales :

    Tamasa Distribution

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    International releases (3)

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    "Every story has a function, whether small or large, and inevitably provokes reflection and questioning , whether superficial or deep. Such is its nature and its goal, its reason for being and its destiny. It is sometimes the more or less faithful mirroring of the world in which we live, or in which others have lived, today or yesterday; but it can also, via its visual representation and narrative unfolding, be completely at odds with its own codes, appearing as the displaced image of this reality. And it is perhaps through such blatant desynchronisation that a story takes on its essential meaning." (Yves Angelo)

    Full credits (20)

    Executive Producer :

    Alain Sarde

    Author of original work :

    Knut Hamsun

    Screenwriters :

    Yves Angelo, Jean Cosmos, Sandra Topin

    Directors of Photography :

    Edward Klosinski, Denis Lenoir

    Sound Assistant :

    Denis Carquin

    Press Attaché (film) :

    Dominique Segall

    Assistant editor :

    Sylvie Petat

    Music Composer :

    Joanna Bruzdowicz

    Artistic Director :

    Laurent Piron

    Still Photographer :

    Kacper Lisowski

    Dialogue Writer :

    Tito Topin

    Line Producers :

    Christine Gozlan, Lew Rywin

    Co-producers :

    Pascal Judelewicz, Anne-Dominique Toussaint

    Sound Recordist :

    Pierre Lenoir

    Production managers :

    Jean-Jacques Albert, Michal Szczerbic

    Editor :

    Thierry Derocles

    Production Designer :

    Jean-Baptiste Poirot

    Costume designer :

    Mic Cheminal

    Sound Mixer :

    François Groult

    Location Manager :

    François Menny

    Technical details

    Feature film

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    Sub-genre :

    Psychological drama

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    Coproducer countries :

    Belgium, Poland, France

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    Nationality :

    Majority French (Belgium, Poland, France)

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    Runtime :

    1 h 46 min

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    Audio format :

    Dolby DTS

    Posters (1)


    Festival Selections

    Montreal World Film Festival - 1997

    Montreal World Film Festival (Canada, 1997)


    Compétition internationale