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Home Town Blue

Home Town Blue

A Feature film by Stéphane Brizé

Produced by TS Productions

Release in France : 08/12/1999


    Solange and her husband lead a quiet life in a provincial town. Mylene, Solange's childhood friend, who is now a TV weather girl, is in town to sign her book. They spend and evening together : dinner, a drink in a nightclub and a few confidences. When Mylene has gone back to Paris, Solange realises that life is passing her by. She has dreams of being a singer, she is in fact a traffic warden. Her costume is a uniform and her audience the drivers who insult her. Her existence suddenly seems very dull, her husband is too normal and her job too degrading. Is it too late to change her life ?

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    Actors (16)

    Production and distribution (4)

    Executive Producer :

    TS Productions

    Film exports/foreign sales :

    Pyramide International

    Co-production :

    M6 Films

    French distribution :

    ARP Sélection

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    International releases (7)

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    What happens to childhood dreams once you grow up? Do they vanish? No, that would make it too easy to forget the past. We only have one life, and no hour, no minute, no second that ticks by can ever be relived. So if youthful dreams still exist, how do we deal with them on an everyday basis? At what point do bitterness and regret stop us from moving ahead? It was on the basis of such questions that I constructed this film with Florence Vignon, co-writer and lead actress. Like Madame Bovary, the character of Solange Roualt, a traffic warden who always dreamed of being a singer, trails her boredom and regret through an oppressive daily life. She is faced with the choice of carrying on – just sinking deeper and disappearing – or dropping everything and pursuing her dream.

    We wanted the film to be funny and poetic in its realism, reflecting all the beauty and all the silliness that life bring us – assuming, of course, we're honest enough to look it in the face.

    Stéphane Brizé – Director

    Full credits (19)

    Executive Producers :

    Gilles Sacuto, Miléna Poylo

    Sound Recordist :

    Frédéric de Ravignan

    Director of Photography :

    Jean-Claude Larrieu

    Production Manager :

    Éric Zaouali

    Editor :

    Anne Klotz

    Assistant editor :

    Julie Verdoux

    Production Designer :

    Valérie Saradjian

    Casting :

    Marie de Laubier

    Sound Mixer :

    Franco Piscopo

    Location Manager :

    Christophe Desenclos

    Assistant directors :

    Sébastien Deux, Antoine Garceau

    Screenwriters :

    Stéphane Brizé, Florence Vignon

    Assistant Operator :

    Ali Lakrouf

    Press Attachés (film) :

    François Hassan Guerrar, Aude Thomas

    Sound Editor :

    Hervé Guyader

    Continuity supervisor :

    Catherine Coste

    Music Composer :

    Steve Naive

    Costume designer :

    Véronique Doerr

    Still photographers :

    Florence Dugowson, Laurence Tremolet

    Technical details

    Feature film

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    France (100.0%)

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    100% French (France)

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    Runtime :

    1 h 45 min

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    Posters (1)


    Selections (6)

    New Directors New Films - 2000

    New Directors New Films (United States, 2000)


    Films selected

    Göteborg Film Festival - 2000

    Göteborg Film Festival (Sweden, 2000)


    Films selected

    FIFF - 1999

    FIFF (Belgium, 1999)



     TIFF (Toronto International Film Festival) - 1999

    TIFF (Toronto International Film Festival) (Canada, 1999)


    Contemporary World Cinema

    Montreal World Film Festival - 1999

    Montreal World Film Festival (Canada, 1999)


    World Cinema

    Directors' Fortnight - 1999

    Directors' Fortnight (France, 1999)


    Official Selection