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The Bet

The Bet

A Feature film by Didier Bourdon, Bernard Campan

Produced by Katharina, Renn Productions

Release in France : 15/10/1997


    Bernard, a teacher in the suburbs, lives with Victoria in a new urban development. Didier, a wealthy Parisian pharmacist, is married to Muriel. One drives a rusty 205, the other, a black Mercedes. They are brothers-in-law, and hate each others' guts. Over dinner, Didier and Bernard make a bet: to stop smoking for a fortnight, until the next family get-together. The gauntlet is down, their hell begins... The first days go off like a dream, both are on top of the world. Addicted no more! But things quickly turn sour. Didier and Bernard find it harder and harder to resist the temptation. They become irritable, suspicious, they lie... Until the fateful day: the family get-together. They've kept their word, but relations between them and their wives are at an all time low... Despite this, they are both determined to remain non- smokers. Will they succeed? At what price? And for how long?

    Actors (30)

    Production and distribution (4)

    Executive Producers :

    Katharina, Renn Productions

    Film exports/foreign sales :

    Pathé Films

    Co-productions :

    TF1 Films Production, DB Films, ABS

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    "In general, when doing films, we first discuss the basic idea and then overlay the comic scenes: so the gags come pretty quickly. With regard to the pacing, we like each scene to slot naturally into the other. It would seem wooden if we tried to calculate everything. ''The Bet'' is our second film; we had more leeway, we added more personal touches." (Didier Bourdon)

    Full credits (18)

    Executive Producer :

    Claude Berri

    Line Producer :

    Pierre Grunstein

    Director of Photography :

    Manuel Teran

    Sound assistants :

    Jean Casanova, Pierre-Yves Bruneel

    Press Attaché (film) :

    Dominique Segall

    Sound Editor :

    Frédéric Dubois

    Continuity supervisor :

    Patrick Aubrée

    Music Composers :

    Laurent Bertaud, Jean-Charles Laurent, Jean-Christophe Prudhomme

    Sound Mixer :

    Bruno Charier

    Assistant Director :

    Eric Fourniols

    Screenwriters :

    Bernard Campan, Didier Bourdon

    Sound Recordist :

    Bernard Bats

    Production Manager :

    Patrick Bordier

    Editor :

    Roland Baubeau

    Assistant editor :

    Marcela Figueroa

    Production Designer :

    Christian Marti

    Costume designer :

    Gisèle Ravard

    Still Photographers :

    Pascalito, Roger Arpajou

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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 40 min

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    Posters (1)

    Directors (2)

    Festival Selections (3)

    Cairo - International Film Festival - 1998

    Cairo - International Film Festival (Egypt, 1998)


    Out of Competition

    Acapulco French Film Festival - 1997

    Acapulco French Film Festival (Mexico, 1997)


    French Feature Films