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His Brother

His Brother

A Feature film by Patrice Chéreau

Produced by Azor Films

Release in France : 10/09/2003


    Thomas is dying. Thomas accepts death. It’s in this house by the seaside, the childhood home, that he chooses to wait for death. I’m with him. It’s still summer. I wasn’t aware that you could die in summer.
    I thought that death always came in winter, that the weather had to be cold, the skies gray and desolate. I discover that death can also go about its business in bright sunlight, in broad daylight. I believe that Thomas will welcome it in broad daylight.
    This winter, when he was in hospital, I thought that it would begin with a heaviness in the limbs, some kind of contraction that would require urgent intervention, some kind of great haste, violence. But no, it’s nonchalant, a kind of vacation, slow, a giving up to heat.
    This foreseeable, expected death will nevertheless cause a cataclysm. It will affect and change all of our lives and make them take unexpected directions. It will unsettle our lives, and none of us will be able to stand in its way. This death will be an event of great importance. My brother is dying.



    His Brother


    Actors (11)

    Production and distribution (4)

    Executive Producer :

    Azor Films

    Film exports/foreign sales :

    Pyramide International

    Co-production :

    Love Streams agnès b. Productions

    French distribution :

    Pyramide Distribution

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    Full credits (14)

    Executive Producer :

    Patrice Chéreau

    Author of original work :

    Philippe Besson

    Director of Photography :

    Éric Gautier

    Assistant Operators :

    Irina Lubtchansky, Pascale Marin

    Editor :

    François Gédigier

    Assistant Editor :

    Simon Jacquet

    Costume designer :

    Caroline de Vivaise

    Assistant directors :

    Guillaume Bonnier, Stéphane Metge

    Screenwriters :

    Patrice Chéreau, Anne-Louise Trividic

    Sound Recordist :

    Guillaume Sciama

    Press Attaché (film) :

    François Hassan Guerrar

    Sound Editor :

    Benoît Hillebrant

    Foley artist :

    Pascal Chauvin

    Sound Mixer :

    Olivier Dô Hûu

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    Feature film

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    Death, Illness, Family

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    100% French (France)

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    Runtime :

    1 h 35 min

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    Dolby SRD

    Posters (1)


    News (6)

    Festival Selections (20)

    Lumiere Awards - 2004

    Lumiere Awards (France, 2004)


    French Films

    FNC - 2003

    FNC (Canada, 2003)


    Special Presentation

    San Francisco International Film Festival - 2003

    San Francisco International Film Festival (United States, 2003)


    Golden Gate Award International Competition

    Awards (2)

    Lumiere Awards - 2004

    Lumiere Awards (France, 2004)


    Meilleur Acteur : Bruno Todeschini

    Berlin International Film Festival - 2003

    Berlin International Film Festival (Germany, 2003)


    Silver Bear for Best Director : Patrice Chéreau

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