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The Light

The Light

A Feature film by Philippe Lioret

Produced by Nord-Ouest Films

Release in France : 03/11/2004


    Camille arrives in Ouessant, the island of her birth off the Brittany coast, to sell the family home. She spends a last night in the house during which she discovers a secret. In 1963 a man came to work with her father, who was the Jument lighthouse operator. He only stayed two months, but his presence proved to be a disturbing catalyst.

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    Nord-Ouest Films

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    The Light by Philippe Lioret (L’Equipier, France, 2004, 105 min.). Sandrine Bonnaire stars in this graceful, sweeping story of love, friendship, and trust set on a remote island off the coast of Brittany. In 1963, Antoine arrives on Île de Ouessant to become the new keeper of La Jument lighthouse, but he is an outsider in the island’s tight-knit community. Antoine works next to Yvon (Philippe Torreton), who is married to the radiant Mabé (Bonnaire), with whom Antoine quickly begins to exchange loving glances. With an insightful script that captures the nuances of bitterness that inflect even the friendliest words, director Philippe Lioret explores how places like Ouessant can be majestic natural wonders to tourists, but tiring, dead-end prisons to long-time residents. “A satisfying drama of simmering passions that unfolds in an arrestingly atmospheric setting” (Variety). Description adapted from the Toronto Film Festival.

    Full credits (17)

    Executive Producer :

    Christophe Rossignon

    Original idea :

    Gilles Legrand

    Director of Photography :

    Patrick Blossier

    Production Manager :

    Olivier Hélie

    Editor :

    Mireille Leroy

    Continuity supervisor :

    Béatrice Pollet

    Music Composer :

    Nicola Piovani

    Costume designer :

    Pierre Bechir

    Location Manager :

    Jean-Philippe Avenel

    Assistant director :

    Anne Bernard

    Screenwriters :

    Philippe Lioret, Emmanuel Courcol, Christian Sinniger

    Sound Recordist :

    Jean-Marie Blondel

    Press Attaché (film) :

    Laurette Monconduit

    Sound Editor :

    Germain Boulay

    Production Designer :

    Yves Brover

    Casting :

    Brigitte Moidon, Axelle Bossard

    Sound Mixer :

    Éric Tisserand

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    Feature film

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    100% French (France)

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    Runtime :

    1 h 45 min

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    Dolby SRD

    Posters (1)


    News (8)

    Festival Selections (12)

    French Film Panorama in China - 2005

    French Film Panorama in China (China, 2005)


    French feature films selected (out of competition)

    Cesar Awards - French film industry awards - 2005

    Cesar Awards - French film industry awards (France, 2005)

    Selection (3)

    Best Supporting Actress : Émilie Dequenne

    Best Actor : Philippe Torreton

    Best Original Music : Nicola Piovani

    Cairo - International Film Festival - 2004

    Cairo - International Film Festival (Egypt, 2004)


    Festival of festivals

    FIFF - 2004

    FIFF (Belgium, 2004)


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    TIFF - 2004

    TIFF (Canada, 2004)


    Contemporary World Cinema

    Cannes Film Market - 2004

    Cannes Film Market (France, 2004)



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