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My Little Business

My Little Business

A Feature film by Pierre Jolivet

Produced by Little Bear, Les Films Alain Sarde

Release in France : 01/09/1999


    Ivan works his butt off to keep his little carpentry firm going. That's the kind of guy Ivan is: he likes a job well done, even if it means working 18 hours a day. Small Wonder that his wife Nathalie packed up and left. With their son Christophe, she now lives with Sami the gym teacher from the near-by school. One day, Ivan's workshop burn's to the ground. Machines, the wood stockpile, urgent contracts... all up in smoke. But there's always the insurance.Or so our little company boss thinks. Instead he discovers that Maxime, the local insurance broker has pulled a fast one. A first class shyster, he has pocked the premiums. It goes without saying that his pocket was full of holes! Ivan now has no choice. To get back on his feet, avoid brankruptcy and prevent his workers from ending up on welfare, he has no option but to break the law: a visit to insurance company's central computer is in order, jus a little matter of predating the policy.

    Actors (21)

    Production and distribution (4)

    Executive Producers :

    Little Bear, Les Films Alain Sarde

    Film exports/foreign sales :

    Tamasa Distribution

    Co-production :

    M6 Films

    French distribution :

    Bac Films Distribution

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    "My little business" is rhe result of wanting to write something for Vincent Lindon, Roschdy Zem and François Berléand - actors i love to work with. I also wanted to carry on the social spirit of "Fred", but from a more mocking viewpoint. It's the désire to give concrete expression to my conversation with producer Frédéric Bourboulon. It's wanting to make use of my co-screenwriter Simon Michael's experiences. It's the delight of once again meeting Zabou Breitman, with Catherine Mouchet and of succeeding, at last, in meeting with Alain Bashung. In fact, when i speak about the film, i speak about the people who made it, because the cinema is like a little business: human being are what counts- Pierre Jolivet -Director-

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    Full credits (19)

    Executive Producers :

    Frédéric Bourboulon, Alain Sarde

    Screenwriters :

    Pierre Jolivet, Simon Michaël

    Sound Recordist :

    Pierre Excoffier

    Camera Operator :

    Jean-Marc Negroni

    Editors :

    Yves Deschamps, Charlotte Teillard d'Eyry

    Continuity supervisor :

    Brigitte Hedou-Prat

    Art Director :

    Paul Decaux

    Costume designer :

    Valérie Pozzo di Borgo

    Make-up Artist :

    Nathalie Tissier

    Still Photographer :

    Jurgen Vollmer

    Assistant directors :

    Cécile Chaspoul, Sandra Dalle, Isabelle Beauchesne

    Director of Photography :

    Bertrand Chatry

    Assistant Operator :

    Jean-Paul Agostini

    Press Attachés (film) :

    Jean-Pierre Vincent, Clotilde Lécuillier

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    Production Designer :

    Sylvie Salmon

    Music Composer :

    Alain Bashung

    French Distributor :

    Jean Labadie

    Sound Mixer :

    William Flageollet

    Technical details

    Feature film

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    Sub-genre :

    Social comedy

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    Production country :

    France (100.0%)

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    Nationality :

    100% French (France)

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    Runtime :

    1 h 36 min

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    Dolby Digital

    Posters (2)


    Festival Selections (8)

    Sydney French Film Festival - 2001

    Sydney French Film Festival (Australia, 2001)


    Films selected

    Cesar Awards - French film industry awards - 2000

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

    Selection (5)

    Best Actor : Vincent Lindon

    Best Supporting Actor : Roschdy Zem

    Best Supporting Actor : François Berléand

    Best Screenplay (Original or Adapted) : Pierre Jolivet, Simon Michaël

    Best Supporting Actress : Catherine Mouchet

    Florence France Cinema Festival - 1999

    Florence France Cinema Festival (Italy, 1999)

    Selection (2)

    Other Awards


    FIFF - 1999

    FIFF (Belgium, 1999)


    Special Progams

    Montreal World Film Festival - 1999

    Montreal World Film Festival (Canada, 1999)


    Compétition internationale

    Awards (3)

    Cesar Awards - French film industry awards - 2000

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


    César Award for Best Supporting Actor : François Berléand

    Montreal World Film Festival - 1999

    Montreal World Film Festival (Canada, 1999)


    Award for Best Screenplay

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