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Belle Maman

Belle Maman

A Feature film by Gabriel Aghion

Produced by Arena Films

Release in France : 10/03/1999


    "My son's so wonderful! What a fortunate marriage! He's been looking for such a long time. He's had lots of girlfriends, but there was always something wrong—too young, not sexy enough, too trendy, not enough class. But this time he's done it. She's got everything, that one! Pretty, intelligent, and a super-influential father ('cause that counts too—he may not look it, but he's ambitious, that son of mine). What's more, she's pregnant. This wedding day is a dream come true!" Thus spake Josette, the groom's mother, a few minutes before the ceremony began. But then Léa showed up.

    Actors (26)

    Production and distribution (4)

    Executive Producer :

    Arena Films

    Film exports/foreign sales :

    Pathé Films

    Co-productions :

    TF1 Films Production, Camera One

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    "Belle Maman," like 'Pédale douce,' deals with an unsettling borderline subject in a way that, I hope, means people won't automatically feel put off. I try to express things with whimsy, affection and irony, which offsets the heaviness you get when a social issue is handled seriously. I think there has to be a lot of whimsy in terms of the tale, structure, and screenplay, as well as a lot of discipline when it comes to feelings. The feelings you express have to be just right, very real and strong—just like a serious drama—whereas everything else should be a display of fireworks. 'Belle Maman' is both fun and funny, but it's mainly a terrific love story. 'Belle Maman' is a story about passion—there's all the violence, madness and pain of loving, in short all the torture you feel when you're madly in love with a woman you can't possibly have."

    (Gabriel Aghion, excerpt from an interview published in "Unifrance Film Newsletter," No. 17)

    Full credits (19)

    Executive Producer :

    Bruno Pesery

    Author of original work :

    Jean-Marie Duprez

    Screenwriters :

    Gabriel Aghion, Danièle Thompson

    Co-producers :

    Michel Seydoux, Jean-Marie Duprez

    Sound recordists :

    Henri Morelle, Dominique Gaborieau, Stéphane Reichart

    Production Manager :

    Patrick Lancelot

    Editor :

    Luc Barnier

    Production Designer :

    Dan Weil

    Costume designer :

    Jackie Budin

    Still Photographer :

    Jean-Marie Leroy

    Assistant directors :

    Renaud Bertrand, Hiromi Rollin, Thomas Tréfouël

    Line Producer :

    Xavier Castano

    Voice :

    Luc Palun

    Director of Photography :

    Romain Winding

    Assistant Operator :

    Philippe Lardon

    Press Attachés (film) :

    Dominique Segall, Laurent Renard

    Continuity supervisor :

    Suzanne Durrenberger

    Music Composer :

    Bruno Coulais

    French Distributor :

    Richard Pezet

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    Feature film

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    100% French (France)

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    Runtime :

    1 h 42 min

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    Posters (1)


    Festival Selections (5)

    Cairo - International Film Festival - 1999

    Cairo - International Film Festival (Egypt, 1999)


    Out of Competition

    Moscow - International Film Festival - 1999

    Moscow - International Film Festival (Russia, 1999)



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