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A Brother

A Brother

A Feature film by Sylvie Verheyde

Produced by Persona Films

Release in France : 26/11/1997


    They live with their mother... In Arcueil, a Paris suburb; Loïc takes the train. He wants to get to Paris, fast. Sophie doesn't know what she wants, but she wants something. She walks into big brother Loïc's life, just for a look. Waiting on the other end is Vincent, the trafficker, Loïc's buddy. Sophie will fall for him. Loïc will never forgive himself. She moves forward, he too, but in opposite directions. They share the same fighting spirit. Back in Arcueil, Tony and Virginie have also learned to fight. And even if the choice of arms is not theirs, they resist: "Our life is a journey into winter, into night. We seek our way through a sky where nothing shines". Sophie calls that love.

    Actors (15)

    Production and distribution (3)

    Executive Producer :

    Persona Films

    French distribution :

    Pyramide Distribution

    Film exports/foreign sales :

    Pyramide International

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    "Like Loïc and Sophie, I come from an "off-beat, outside-the-law, fringe" milieu. My parents were drifters. My dad was a docker on the Quai de la Gare. Back then, it was a no man's land between Paris and the suburbs. My mother ran a café. They were of a marginalised proletariat with neither social, geographical or family ties. The film was born out of that too. How do you deal with feeling that nowhere is home? How do you make a place for yourself? When, like Loïc, you accede to another milieu, what does that mean for you? Above all, I wanted to show people whose lives are tough, but who really live, so much so they could die from it. I wanted to defend them by refusing sordidness and shabbiness. My desire in film is to give people the urge to love." (Sylvie Verheyde)

    Full credits (19)

    Executive Producer :

    Serge Duveau

    Producer :

    Gilles Bourdos

    Line Producer :

    Serge Duveau

    Director of Photography :

    Antoine Roch

    Production Manager :

    Nicolas Royer

    Editor :

    Luce Grünenwaldt

    Assistant Editor :

    Benoît Alric

    Production Designer :

    Frédéric Wayolle

    Stunt performer :

    Yann Coridian

    Still Photographer :

    Jérôme Plon

    Assistant directors :

    Christian Portron, Gil Rabier

    Sound Recordist :

    Pierre Mertens

    Screenwriter :

    Sylvie Verheyde

    Assistant Operators :

    Hervé Lodé, Pierre Souchar

    Press Attachés (film) :

    Laurence Granec, Estelle Chailloux

    Sound editor :

    Élisabeth Paquotte

    Continuity supervisor :

    Laetitia Beverini

    Music Composer :

    Philippe Sarde

    Sound Mixer :

    Éric Tisserand

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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 30 min

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    Dolby SR

    Posters (1)


    Selections (4)

    Montreal World Film Festival - 1997

    Montreal World Film Festival (Canada, 1997)


    Cinema of Tomorrow

    Directors' Fortnight - 1997

    Directors' Fortnight (France, 1997)


    Cinema in France


    Cesar Awards - French film industry awards - 1998

    Cesar Awards - French film industry awards (France, 1998)


    César Award for Most Promising Actress : Emma de Caunes