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A Feature film by Brigitte Roüan

Produced by Ognon Pictures

Release in France : 01/06/2005


    Chantal Letellier is a “wonderful woman.” She’s a lawyer. She always wins her cases. In her professional life she’s a heavyweight, but in her private life she’s a pushover. She’s divorced – and didn’t even litigate – and is saddled with two teenage kids who are very well brought up in a bad kind of way. When it comes to love, think “desert” – she’s got no time. But flesh is weak and one night she lets loose with a client. Undoes a few buttons and then a few buttons more.
    He falls madly in love with her and settles in. To get rid of him, she undertakes major renovations with the intention of making the house unlivable.
    “Have I got this right?” her ex-husband mocks. “To get rid of the bozo you’ve taken in six more!” To top it all, she employs a young Colombian architect, an immigrant worker whose illegal status she’s just rectified. Eternally grateful, and taking advantage of the situation to spruce up his press-book, the architect gives her house an entire makeover she didn’t request!
    He employs a local crew not exactly specialized: “They’re all versatile!” Except that an “especialist of fractal geometry” doesn’t necessarily a good electrician make, and a prêt-à-porter fashion designer isn’t really qualified to be a plumber!
    The ceiling falls on their heads. “Es just ze beginning,” says the architect. Chantal is sentenced to six months of major chaos: water damage, fires, etc. The workers do what they can. Six months during which ties are woven. Her daughter Pulchérie is first in her class at Spanish after dancing the salsa with a young apprentice who’s never used a trowel in his life. But he’s really cute! Her son Martin has private math classes at home and Chantal also learns how to live. She realizes that between theory and practice, there’s an abyss, that protesting for illegal immigrants’ rights is a whole different kettle of fish than having the immigrant live in, that men are always men and that privacy cannot not be bartered.
    At the beginning she butters the bread, but very quickly she’s got things roasting.
    It’s the story of an exchange.

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    Actors (38)

    Production and distribution (4)

    Executive Producer :

    Ognon Pictures

    Film exports/foreign sales :

    Pyramide International

    Co-production :

    Arte France Cinéma

    French distribution :

    Pyramide Distribution

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    International releases (9)

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    Full credits (20)

    Executive Producer :

    Humbert Balsan

    Sound recordists :

    Yolande Decarsin, Philippe Heissler, Dominique Gaborieau

    Director of Photography :

    Christophe Pollock

    Assistant Operators :

    Benjamin Chartier, Mathias Sabourdin

    Press Attaché (film) :

    Laurence Granec

    Sound Editor :

    Philippe Heissler

    Continuity supervisor :

    Bénédicte Darblay

    Music Composer :

    Stephen Warbeck

    Costume designers :

    Florence Emir, Rachel Raoult

    Still Photographers :

    Frédérique Barraja, Émilie Garnaud

    Assistant Director :

    Arnauld Mercadier

    Screenwriters :

    Brigitte Roüan, Eric Besnard, Philippe Galland, Jean-Francois Goyet

    Sound Assistant :

    Pierre Picq

    Production managers :

    Humbert Balsan, Alexandre Meliava

    Editor :

    Laurent Rouan

    Assistant editor :

    Clotilde Tellier

    Production Designers :

    Guy-Claude François, Thierry François

    Casting :

    Nicolas Ronchi

    Sound Mixer :

    Dominique Gaborieau

    Location Manager :

    Toufik Ayadi

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    Feature film

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    Coproducer countries :

    France, Great Britain

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    Nationality :

    Majority French (France, Great Britain)

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    Runtime :

    1 h 35 min

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    Dolby SRD

    Posters (2)


    News (9)

    Selections (19)

    Stockholm French Film Festival - 2006

    Stockholm French Film Festival (Sweden, 2006)


    Feature Films

    Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival - 2005

    Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival (Taiwan, 2005)


    Panorama Section

    Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival - 2005

    Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival (Brazil, 2005)


    Panorama of World Cinema

    Melbourne International Film Festival - 2005

    Melbourne International Film Festival (Australia, 2005)


    International Panorama

    Directors' Fortnight - 2005

    Directors' Fortnight (France, 2005)


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