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Boesman et Léna

A Feature film by John Berry

Produced by Pathé Production

Release in France : 04/04/2001


    “Boesman & Lena” attempts to describe the life of a couple caught between passion and habit. Outside the social conditions depicted in the film, the experience it describes is a universal one. The story’s setting is nature at its most primitive. Earth, water, air and fire are an integral part of Boesman and Lena’s existence: the four elements supply an essential backdrop against which their drama unfolds. All that we can hope for from life is courage, dignity, and maybe a certain kind of love mixed with anxiety and suffering. The film’s aim is to allow us feel this hope. It should also give a meaning to our confusing battles. We struggle, stumble through the chaos of our existence, fight to find lucidity, even if it be minimal and fleeting. A sense of worth and exaltation comes to whoever engages in this struggle , and it gives a certain meaning to existence. My most precious desire is to express all this with a crazy passion and a luminous clarity.” – John Berry.

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    Pathé Production

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    Pathé Films (ex Pathé Distribution)

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    Pathé Films (ex Pathé Distribution)

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    Le Public Système Cinéma

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    Full credits (8)

    Author of original work :

    Athol Fugard

    Director of Photography :

    Alain Choquart

    Editors :

    Claudine Bouché, Jeanne Moutard

    Music Composer :

    Wally Badarou

    Screenwriter :

    John Berry

    Sound recordist :

    Brigitte Taillandier

    Production Designer :

    Max Berto

    Costume designer :

    Diana Cilliers

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    Feature film

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    100% French (France)

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    1 h 29 min

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    Dolby SR