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Fire in Paradise

A Feature film by Markus Imhoof

Produced by Ciné Manufacture

Release in France : 12/11/1997


    Spring 1912. During her honeymoon voyage around the world, Juliette sadly discovers that the only reason her husband married her was for her father's factory. On board the liner, off the coast of India, she meets Esther, a young linen maid. Of modest background, she is betrothed to a clergyman whom she has only ever seen a photo of. Fascinated by this destiny full of adventure, and also by way of sheer bravado, Juliette, unknown to her husband, takes Esther's place. When she comes face to face with Gustav Walser, who takes her for Esther, she realises the gravity of her decision. Reality is much different from her flights of fancy. Gustav lives in the company of the Oppliger family who run the mission. Misery is rife, and Gustav is the epitome of intolerance. However, too late, Juliette has no other choice but to continue to play Esther...

    Actors (4)

    Production and distribution (4)

    Executive Producer :

    Ciné Manufacture

    Foreign production companies :

    Thelma Film AG, Zero Film,, SF DRS - Schweizer Fernsehen, Teleclub

    Co-production :

    France 2 Cinéma

    French distribution :

    Ciné Manufacture

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    "My mother was born in India, on one such mission. My grandfather was himself a missionary and spent 28 years in India. Upon the death of his first wife, he wrote home to know if they could send him a new fiancée; the young lady who was to be my grandmother. She told me these stories when I was still a child. At first, it seemed easy to make a film about it. But as an adult one tends to view those bed-time stories differently. Much research, several trips to India, and a close reading of my grandparents private journals and letters only seemed to make the tale even harder to tell." (Markus Imhoof)

    Full credits (9)

    Executive Producer :

    Pierre-Alain Meier

    Screenwriters :

    Markus Imhoof, Judith Kennel, Jacques Akchoti

    Press Attaché (film) :

    Isabelle Buron

    Production Designers :

    Susanne Jauch, Prakash Moorthy

    Costume designers :

    Catherine Caldray, Loveleen Bains

    Sound Recordist :

    Eric Vaucher

    Director of Photography :

    Lucas Strebel

    Editor :

    Jacques Comets

    Music Composer :

    Bruno Coulais

    Technical details

    Feature film

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    Production language :

    French, German

    Coproducer countries :

    Switzerland, France, Germany

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    Minority French (Switzerland, France, Germany)

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    Runtime :

    1 h 45 min

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    Audio format :

    Dolby SR