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Nénette et Boni

Nénette et Boni

A Feature film by Claire Denis

Produced by Dacia Films

Release in France : 29/01/1997

    Synopsis

    Boniface, "Boni" for short, is nineteen. He works a pizza van on the Marseilles waterfront. Since his mother died, he's fallen out with Felix, his dad, who's in retail (lights and lampshades) and takes care of Boni's fifteen-year-old kid sister, Nenette. Boni drifts along in his world: pizzas, the 'hood, daydreams, and an imaginary love interest that only makes him feel more alone. He idles around in his hot, sweaty apartment, waiting for desire to come along and sweep him away. Boni dreams. But then here comes Nenette, climbing over the school wall and knocking at his door. He doesn't want to know, but she moves in all the same, into the crummy pad he inherited from their mom - his den, his last line of defence.

    Actors (19)

    Production and distribution (4)

    Executive Producer :

    Dacia Films

    Film exports/foreign sales :

    Pyramide International

    Co-production :

    Arte France Cinéma

    French distribution :

    Pyramide Distribution

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    About

    Even though you didn't want to shoot a portrait of Marseilles, did you wonder how to go about filming the city?
    I didn't want to be tempted to film Marseilles. No long pans over the city, no extra establishing shots. I didn't want that. I wanted to keep my characters at the heart of the film. The exception was the sea. The film opens in the water of a swimming-pool and I wanted it to end in water... I had the feeling that in Marseilles, you always know the sea's there, even if you don't see it, even if you don't always have to check that it' s there. It's like a liquid flowing through the whole city: I viewed it as the film's amniotic liquid. But throughout the shoot, we kept wondering: how could we avoid stressing Marseilles? The characters are all locals, they forget to look at their city... And Boni is buried in his own life, he has no time to look at the city. The city is out of shot. Everything off camera is the city. You can tell it's there but it's not in the frame. (Claire Denis, from the press kit)

    Full credits (22)

    Executive Producer :

    Georges Benayoun

    Line Producer :

    Françoise Guglielmi

    Director of photography :

    Agnès Godard

    Sound Assistant :

    Emmanuel Ughetto

    Production Manager :

    Nicolas Daguet

    Editor :

    Yann Dedet

    Assistant editors :

    Emmanuelle Pencalet, Anne Souriau, Morgane Spacagna

    Music Composer :

    Tindersticks (Groupe)

    Casting :

    Nicolas Lublin, Tony Coco-Viloin

    Sound mixers :

    Thierry Lebon, Vincent Arnardi

    Location Manager :

    Alain Monne

    Assistant directors :

    Antonin Dedet, Gabriel Julien-Laferrière, Sébastien Lifshitz

    Screenwriters :

    Jean-Pol Fargeau, Claire Denis

    Sound Recordist :

    Jean-Louis Ughetto

    Assistant Operators :

    Nathalie Durand, Galatée Politis

    Press Attachés (film) :

    Dominique Segall, Olivier Guigues

    Sound editor :

    Nathalie Hubert

    Production Designer :

    Arnaud de Moleron

    Foley artist :

    Pascal Chauvin

    Costume designer :

    Élisabeth Tavernier

    Still Photographer :

    Nathalie Eno

    Post-production supervisor :

    Francis Doré

    Technical details

    Feature film

    Genres :

    Fiction

    Sub-genre :

    Drama

    Themes :

    Criminality

    Production language :

    French

    Production country :

    France

    Original French-language productions :

    Unknown

    Nationality :

    100% French (France)

    Production year :

    1996

    French release :

    29/01/1997

    Runtime :

    1 h 43 min

    Current status :

    Released

    Visa number :

    88.739

    Visa issue date :

    20/01/1997

    Approval :

    Yes

    Production formats :

    35mm

    Color type :

    Color

    Aspect ratio :

    1.66

    Audio format :

    Dolby SR