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Vive la Sociale !

Vive la Sociale !

A Feature film by Gérard Mordillat

Produced by Laura Productions, Fox-Hachette

Release in France : 05/10/1983


    In this charming, semi-autobiographical look at his politicized past, director Gerard Mordillat focuses on the ironic, the wistful, and the sometimes ludicrous events that spin off from the communist/anarchist upbringing of his main character, Maurice Decques (François Cluzet). In his adult career as a caterer, Maurice's tendency to swing over to the bourgeoise social gatherings of varying stature is also reflected in the woman he marries -- a Czech whose family chose Paris over Moscow "because the USSR has concentration camps" as she told her shocked communist father-in-law. When Maurice is caught in the 1968 student demonstrations in Paris, the officer who hauls him off is soon recognized as an old childhood buddy, and instead of heading to jail, the policeman/friend takes Maurice home. As the police van drives out of view, the two buddies are seen as young kids, sitting on the hood of a car and dreaming about the future. These flashbacks to his childhood occur throughout the film, with Maurice sometimes walking into and out of the scenes, as though there were no gap in time at all.

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    Actors (31)

    Production and distribution (3)

    Executive Producers :

    Laura Productions, Fox-Hachette

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    Film exports/foreign sales :

    Tamasa Distribution

    Full credits (9)

    Executive Producer :

    Gérard Guérin

    Author of original work :

    Gérard Mordillat

    Director of Photography :

    François Catonné

    Editor :

    Michèle Catonné

    Music Composer :

    Jean-Claude Petit

    Assistant Director :

    François Vantrou

    Screenwriters :

    Gérard Mordillat, Jacques Audiard, Louis Charles Sirjacq

    Production Manager :

    Éric Lambert

    Production Designer :

    Théobald Meurisse

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    Feature film

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    France (100.0%)

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    100% French (France)

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    Runtime :

    1 h 35 min

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    Posters (1)



    Cesar Awards - French film industry awards - 1984

    Cesar Awards - French film industry awards (France, 1984)

    Selection (2)

    Most Promising Actress : Élizabeth Bourgine

    Most Promising Actor : François Cluzet


    Prix Jean Vigo - 1983

    Prix Jean Vigo (France, 1983)


    Jean Vigo Award : Gérard Mordillat