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Gilles' Wife

Gilles' Wife

A Feature film by Frédéric Fonteyne

Produced by Liaison Cinématographique

Release in France : 15/09/2004


    It’s the 1930s, in a working class milieu.
    It’s the story of Elisa. Elisa is married to Gilles who works in a foundry. Sometimes he’s on the night shift, sometimes he’s on the day shift. The foundry never stops.
    Elisa looks after their children and the house and spends each day waiting for Gilles to return. Her sister, Victorine, has just started working in a store in town and often stops by to see her sister to give her a helping hand and to play with the children.
    Elisa is expecting another baby. Crazy ideas start crossing her mind. Gilles and Victorine, Victorine and Gilles… But no, they’re just silly ideas. It’s strange how moody pregnant women can be.
    And then, one day, she’s assailed by a feeling, an unshakeable, unbearable certitude: something is going on between Gilles and Victorine. A strange interior conflict then ensues, a struggle full of courage, abnegation and silence. A struggle to reclaim what was lost. A struggle to once again become Gilles’ wife.

    Actors (7)

    Production and distribution (6)

    Executive Producer :

    Liaison Cinématographique

    Co-productions :

    France 3 Cinéma, Nord-Ouest Films

    Film exports/foreign sales :

    Tamasa Distribution

    Line production :

    Liaison Cinématographique

    Foreign production companies :

    Samsa Film, Artémis Productions, Fama Film, Lucky Red, Eyescreen

    French distribution :

    Mars Distribution

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    Photos (14)

    Full credits (16)

    Assistant Director :

    Manu Kamanda

    Line Producer :

    Serge Zeitoun

    Foreign Producer :

    Olivier Rausin

    Sound Recordist :

    Carlo Thoss

    Editor :

    Erwin Ryckaert

    Continuity supervisor :

    Josiane Morand

    Music Composer :

    Vincent D'Hondt

    Make-up Artist :

    Aurélie Elich

    Author of original work :

    Madeleine Bourdouxhe

    Screenwriters :

    Frédéric Fonteyne, Philippe Blasband, Marion Hänsel

    Director of photography :

    Virginie Saint-Martin

    Press Attaché (film) :

    Vanessa Jerrom

    Sound Editor :

    Étienne Curchod

    Production Designer :

    Véronique Sacrez

    Costume designers :

    Christian Schnezler, Anne Fournier, Agnès Dubois

    Sound Mixer :

    Franco Piscopo

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    Feature film

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    France, Belgium, Luxembourg

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    Majority French (France, Belgium, Luxembourg)

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    Runtime :

    1 h 43 min

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    Posters (1)


    News (5)

    Festival Selections (14)

    FIFF - 2005

    FIFF (Belgium, 2005)


    Focus on Belgian Cinema

    Göteborg Film Festival - 2005

    Göteborg Film Festival (Sweden, 2005)


    Films selected

    IFI French Film Festival (Dublin) - 2004

    IFI French Film Festival (Dublin) (Ireland, 2004)


    Official Selection

    FIFF - 2004

    FIFF (Belgium, 2004)


    Preview screenings

    TIFF - 2004

    TIFF (Canada, 2004)


    Contemporary World Cinema


    Istanbul Film Festival - 2005

    Istanbul Film Festival (Turkey , 2005)


    Golden Tulip

    Delegations (3)