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The Other Shore

The Other Shore

A Feature film by Dominique Cabrera

Produced by Bloody Mary Production

Release in France : 21/05/1997


    Georges Montero, the owner of an olive mill in Oran, is a "pied-noir" (Algerian-born Frenchman) who chose to remain in Algeria after its independence in 1962. More than 30 years later, Georges comes to France for the first time in his life for a cataract operation - just a civil war begins to take its bloody toll back home. Born in Franch colony, Montero is among those who always thought they could stand up to this young nation that rejected them. His surgeon, Tarek Timzert, ophthalmologist in a major Paris hospital, is a first-generation Franchman who has cut himself off from his Algerian roots. The contact between the "pied-noir" and the tradition-blind Arab forces Georges to make a decision between remaining in France or going home to Oran, at peace with himself but his own risk.

    Actors (20)

    Production and distribution (4)

    Executive Producer :

    Bloody Mary Production

    Film exports/foreign sales :

    The Bureau Sales

    Co-production :

    France 2 Cinéma

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    I used the hand-held camera because I wanted to get closer to things and people, to be physically in their midst, to breath and move with the characters...The hand-held camera skipping among them was a sort of crystallization of the film's basic theme : the apprenticeship of uncertainty - Georges (the fiftyish "pied-noir") thinks he's living in a certain situation in Algeria, sure of what he wants and owns, but that's not the case. In the end, he's not even sure if he's going to go back to Algeria. The same goes for Tarek, the young surgeon of Arab origin. He thinks he's found a certain equilibrium and the fact of meeting Georges, the "pied-noir", an ageing franch-man born in Algeria who's "more Algerian than he is", throws him off balance. The hand-held camera mirrors the movements of someone seeking his way... (Dominique Cabrera)

    Full credits (15)

    Executive Producer :

    Didier Haudepin

    Sound recordists :

    Xavier Griette, Dominique Vieillard

    Director of photography :

    Hélène Louvart

    Press Attaché (film) :

    Laurette Monconduit

    Continuity supervisor :

    Edmée Doroszlai

    Music Composer :

    Béatrice Thiriet

    Sound Mixer :

    Dominique Gaborieau

    Location Manager :

    Jean-Christophe Cardineau

    Assistant director :

    Marianne Fricheau

    Screenwriters :

    Dominique Cabrera, Louis Mathieu de Vienne

    Production Manager :

    Jean-Luc Roze

    Editor :

    Sophie Brunet

    Production Designer :

    Michel Vandestien

    Costume designer :

    Nathalie Raoul

    Still Photographer :

    Dunnara Méas

    Technical details

    Feature film

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    Exile, Family

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    Production country :

    France (100.0%)

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    Nationality :

    100% French (France)

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    Runtime :

    1 h 29 min

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    Dolby SR

    Posters (1)


    Selections (3)

    Montreal World Film Festival - 1997

    Montreal World Film Festival (Canada, 1997)


    Cinema of Tomorrow

    Directors' Fortnight - 1997

    Directors' Fortnight (France, 1997)


    Cinema in France