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Children of the Marshland

Children of the Marshland

A Feature film by Jean Becker

Produced by Films Christian Fechner

Release in France : 03/03/1999


    Garris and Riton are the last inhabitants of marshland on an unnamed spot near the Loire River. Riton is afflicted with a crabby wife and three rowdy kids, and drowns memories of his first wife in red wine. Garris lives alone—a hard worker, humane, generous, he gives everything he earns from fishing, gathering flowers, etc., to feed and care for Riton's kids. The crew is completed by Tane and Amédée, who often visit their friends in the marshland. Tane has a job: every day he drives the local little train. Amédée is a lazy dreamer who likes reading the classics, lives with his bankrupt father and slightly crazy sister Marie in a large, dilapidated house. One day, Marie crosses Garris's path.

    Actors (30)

    Production and distribution (4)

    Executive Producer :

    Films Christian Fechner

    Film exports/foreign sales :

    Tamasa Distribution

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    "What fun! No murders, no special effects, no car chases. Nor any despair over unemployment. Nor moodiness by disenchanted thirty-somethings. 'Children of the Marshland' seems to date from the dawn of time, from those 1950s when people talked about 'French quality' before the refreshing but overly radical whirlwind of the New Wave. True enough, that connection is suggested by the director's name, since it is none other than Jean Becker, son of Jacques (and director of 'One Deadly Summer' and 'Elisa'). A trio of friends enjoys fishing expeditions, snail hunts, innocent games in the green paradise of childish love, sun on the pond—a real, old fashioned film that takes its time, shrugs off tragedy, mentions death without schmaltz, life with a smile, and love with starry-eyes. How refreshing!"

    ("Les Echos," March 3, 1999)

    Photos (4)

    Full credits (20)

    Executive Producer :

    Christian Fechner

    Adaptation :

    Sébastien Japrisot

    Line Producer :

    Hervé Truffaut

    Sound Recordist :

    Guillaume Sciama

    Assistant Operator :

    Renaud Chassaing

    Press Attaché (film) :

    Karine Ellena

    Sound editors :

    Mourad Louanchi, Nadine Muse

    Production Designer :

    Thérèse Ripaud

    Foley artist :

    Laurent Lévy

    Sound Mixer :

    William Flageollet

    Assistant Director :

    Alain Olivieri

    Author of original work :

    Georges Montforez

    Director of Photography :

    Jean-Marie Dreujou

    Sound assistant :

    Brigitte Taillandier

    Production Manager :

    Jean-Claude Bourlat

    Editor :

    Jacques Witta

    Continuity supervisor :

    Brigitte Hedou-Prat

    Music Composer :

    Pierre Bachelet

    Costume designers :

    Agnès Evein, Sylvie de Segonzac

    Still Photographer :

    Dominique Le Strat

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    Feature film

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    100% French (France)

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    Runtime :

    1 h 55 min

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    Posters (1)



    Festival Selections (10)

    Sydney French Film Festival - 2000

    Sydney French Film Festival (Australia, 2000)


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    Melbourne French Film Festival - 2000

    Melbourne French Film Festival (Australia, 2000)


    Films selected

    Cesar Awards - French film industry awards - 2000

    Cesar Awards - French film industry awards (France, 2000)

    Selection (5)

    Best Sound : William Flageollet, Guillaume Sciama

    Best Supporting Actor : André Dussollier

    Best Film

    Best Director : Jean Becker

    Best Original Music : Pierre Bachelet

    French Cinepanorama - 1999

    French Cinepanorama (Hong Kong, 1999)


    Films selected

    Acapulco French Film Festival - 1999

    Acapulco French Film Festival (Mexico, 1999)


    French Feature Films