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Le Silence de Rak

A Feature film by Christophe Loizillon

Produced by Vertigo Productions

Release in France : 09/07/1997


    Upon being made redundant, Rak discovers that the word ''travail'' (work) comes from the Latin ''tripalium'', which meant an instrument of torture. Rak doesn't like being idle, so he decides to set up his own business. A quick stickup at Mr Albert's procures him the financial backing he needs. He's now a company boss and a director of human resources looking for willing collaborators. He sets up his office in the local café-bar and interviews candidates for selling a musical encyclopaedia... one which doesn't exist.

    Actors (7)

    Production and distribution (5)

    Executive Producer :

    Vertigo Productions

    Film exports/foreign sales :

    Vertigo Productions

    News agency (France) :

    Ciné Sud Promotion

    Co-production :

    Les Films du Rat

    French distribution :

    Les Films du Paradoxe

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    "I was out of work for several years, like 25 or 30 million other people in Europe today. My vision of the world, my way of life, of being, of loving those around me, was thrown completely off keel. In a world in which man exists through what he does, through what he makes, I had become another. This film was born out of that change of state; the passage from being an actor in society to being a spectator in society. When I started writing the film, the central question was : how to treat, in a fiction film, one of the major problems facing the Western world today (something which had also become my major preoccupation) : work and no-work." (Christophe Loizillon)

    Full credits (9)

    Executive Producers :

    Aïssa Djabri, Farid Lahouassa, Manuel Munz

    Sound Recordist :

    Michel Vionnet

    Director of Photography :

    Renato Berta

    Production Designer :

    Michel Vandestien

    Costume designer :

    Rose-Marie Melka

    Assistant director :

    Bénédicte Darblay

    Screenwriters :

    Christophe Loizillon, Santiago Amigorena

    Editor :

    Jennifer Augé

    Music Composer :

    Martin Meissonnier

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    Feature film

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    100% French (France)

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    Runtime :

    1 h 14 min

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