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Only God Sees Me

Only God Sees Me

A Feature film by Bruno Podalydès

Produced by Why Not Productions

Release in France : 03/06/1998


    Should I cross this street or not? Am I absolutely sure I like melted cheese? Would I take up arms to defend the Cuban health care system? Albert can never make up his mind. He hesitates over restaurant menus, political preferences, you name it. His wit deserts him when he needs it. He thinks before, and after. What will happen if this woman utters the word “mouth” in front of me? Why did I tell her I was in a rush? How do I look in this hat? Between two rounds of local elections, he meets three go-getting young women who take it in turns to shake him up, help him cross the street and get a little closer to himself.

    Actors (31)

    Production and distribution (4)

    Executive Producer :

    Why Not Productions

    Film exports/foreign sales :

    The Bureau Sales

    Co-productions :

    STUDIOCANAL, France 2 Cinéma

    French distribution :

    Fox France

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    This character is not me because I can clearly see in him everything that comes from Bruno. To that extent, I’m not improvising. I don’t let myself go. Much of the work was done during the writing process, through long conversations. I think that the directing of film actors has a lot to do with this: all the discussions beforehand, the sets, the rapport with the crew and so on. It’s all part of the directing. The character is, to some extent, the product of all these parameters. [...]

    What I liked about Albert was that he allowed me to switch between physical, gestural scenes where the character is a moving figure, and more interior scenes where you think more and don’t really need to act. I felt at ease in the scenes when I was a witness, as though I wasn’t playing the lead part in the film but witnessing each scene we filmed. I didn’t have to do anything, just listen and pay attention...

    Denis Podalydès - excerpt from presskit

    Full credits (15)

    Executive Producer :

    Pascal Caucheteux

    Dialogue Writers :

    Denis Podalydès, Bruno Podalydès

    Director of Photography :

    Pierre Stoeber

    Sound Assistant :

    Yann Le Mapihan

    Editors :

    Joële Van Effenterre, Suzanne Koch, Marie-France Cuenot, Marion Bourret, Mathilde Butor, Karine Olivier, Fabrice Salinie

    Continuity supervisor :

    Anne Wermelinger

    Costume designers :

    Juliette Chanaud, Dorothée Guiraud

    Still Photographer :

    Anne-Françoise Brillot

    Assistant directors :

    Aude Cathelin, Yann Coridian, Vincent Morgenstern, Alexandre Nazarian, Raphaël Beauville

    Screenwriter :

    Bruno Podalydès

    Sound recordists :

    Eric Grange, Emmanuelle Villard

    Press Attaché (film) :

    Agnès Chabot

    Sound Editor :

    Olivier Laurent

    Production Designers :

    Antoine Platteau, Françoise Rabut, Camille Guillon

    Sound Mixer :

    Gérard Lamps

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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 :

    2 h

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    Posters (1)


    Festival Selections (9)

    Lisbon - French Film Festival - 2000

    Lisbon - French Film Festival (Portugal, 2000)


    Cinematheque Program - New French Cinema

    Sydney French Film Festival - 2000

    Sydney French Film Festival (Australia, 2000)


    Films selected

    Melbourne French Film Festival - 2000

    Melbourne French Film Festival (Australia, 2000)


    Films selected

    Warsaw - French Film Festival - 1999

    Warsaw - French Film Festival (Poland, 1999)


    Films selected

    Rotterdam International Film Festival (IFFR) - 1999

    Rotterdam International Film Festival (IFFR) (The Netherlands, 1999)


    Main Program Section Feature Films

    Locarno Film Festival - 1998

    Locarno Film Festival (Switzerland, 1998)


    International Competition


    Cesar Awards - French film industry awards - 1999

    Cesar Awards - French film industry awards (France, 1999)


    César Award for Best First Feature