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La Bûche

La Bûche

A Feature film by Danièle Thompson

Produced by Les Films Alain Sarde

Release in France : 24/11/1999


    "Hostile depression" is the kind that hits everyone - poor, rich, young, old - on Christmas Eve. This compulsory celebration - at once delightful and frightful - is a truth-telling moment for three sisters, Louba the singer, Sonia the lady, Milla the rebel. Likewise for their parents, Stanislas, retired Gypsy violinis, and Yvette, now a widow after the death of her second husbanb. It's not always merry, but there's plenty of laughter. A fine definition of life itself!

    Actors (16)

    Production and distribution (4)

    Executive Producer :

    Les Films Alain Sarde

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    TF1 Films Production

    French distribution :

    Pathé Films

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    I did what I wanted, the way I wanted. It's "my" film. I'm still astounded by it! For the first time, I won't have a feeling of success of failure by proxy, hidden behind my desk, busy writing another script for another director. I did it and it was just great. The camera, lighting, movement, rhythm, actors... Ah, the actors! I knew how much I admired them. I thought about them a lot, their mystery, fragility, power. I said to myself, if one day... and then the day came; they were mine at last. With each take we became a kind of passionate couple, each of us wanting to make the other feel good, sometimes is spite of ourselves. I discovered how much I'd missed them during these years of working solely in my imaginations. I wrote their words, but how would they say them? What pace? My obsession: how would they move, where would they be, near to or far from the camera? For the first time, I didn't have to give my baby up for adoption.

    Danièle Thompson - Director, excerpt from the press folder

    Full credits (11)

    Executive Producer :

    Alain Sarde

    Screenwriters :

    Christopher Thompson, Danièle Thompson

    Sound recordists :

    Jean-Pierre Duret, William Flageollet

    Editor :

    Isabelle Castro

    Music Composer :

    Michel Legrand

    Visual Effects :

    Bruno Maillard

    Adapter/dialogue writer :

    Danièle Thompson

    Directors of Photography :

    Jean Harnois, Robert Fraisse

    Press Attachés (film) :

    Dominique Segall, Laurent Renard

    Production Designer :

    Michèle Abbé

    Costume designer :

    Élisabeth Tavernier

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    Feature film

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    100% French (France)

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    Runtime :

    1 h 46 min

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    Posters (1)



    Festival Selections (7)

    Cesar Awards - French film industry awards - 2000

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

    Selection (4)

    Best first picture : Danièle Thompson

    Best Supporting Actor : Claude Rich

    Best Screenplay (Original or Adapted) : Christopher Thompson, Danièle Thompson

    Best Supporting Actress : Charlotte Gainsbourg

    Lumiere Awards - 2000

    Lumiere Awards (France, 2000)


    French Films

    Awards (2)

    Cesar Awards - French film industry awards - 2000

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


    César Award for Best Supporting Actress : Charlotte Gainsbourg

    Lumiere Awards - 2000

    Lumiere Awards (France, 2000)

    Awards (2)

    Meilleur scénario : Christopher Thompson

    Meilleur scénario : Danièle Thompson

    Delegations (4)