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The Little Lieutenant

The Little Lieutenant

A Feature film by Xavier Beauvois

Produced by Why Not Productions

Release in France : 16/11/2005


    When he gets out of the Police Academy, Antoine heads for Paris to join the Second Division of the detective branch. Caroline Vaudieu, back on the beat after overcoming alcoholism, chooses the young lieutenant for her vice squad. Full of enthusiasm, Antoine learns the tricks of the trade alongside Vaudieu’s men. She quickly becomes attached to the young man, who is the same age as her son – were he alive…

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    Executive Producer :

    Why Not Productions

    Film exports/foreign sales :

    STUDIOCANAL, The Bureau Sales

    Co-productions :

    STUDIOCANAL, France 2 Cinéma

    French distribution :

    Mars Distribution

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    Little Lieutenant by Xavier Beauvois (France, 2005, 110 min.). Director Xavier Beauvois’ César-nominated drama is not your standard policier. New police lieutenant Antoine Derouère (Jalil Lespert, The Last Mitterrand) is so keen to tackle crime head-on, that he joins a plainclothes crime unit in Paris, even though it means leaving his wife behind in Normandy. Most of his new colleagues look at work as just a daily grind, but he impresses Commandant Caroline Vaudieu (Nathalie Baye, who won the César for Best Actress for the role), a recovering alcoholic who takes a motherly interest in the rookie lieutenant. His work takes a dark turn when the unit investigates a murder, and Antoine’s passion for the case and his partner’s disinterest in it lead to a tragedy that rocks the department. Beauvois is not that interested in crime, per se, instead preferring to chart the personalities inside the station house and the cyclical nature of a job.

    Description adapted from the San Francisco Film Festival.

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    Full credits (19)

    Executive Producer :

    Pascal Caucheteux

    Sound Recordist :

    Jean-Jacques Ferran

    Director of photography :

    Caroline Champetier

    Assistant Operators :

    Emile Dubuisson, André Chemetoff

    Press Attaché (film) :

    Agnès Chabot

    Sound Editor :

    Emmanuel Augeard

    Continuity supervisor :

    Agathe Grau

    Casting :

    Stéphane Touitou, Stéphane Batut

    Sound Mixer :

    Éric Bonnard

    Post-production supervisor :

    Laurencina Lam

    Assistant directors :

    Hubert Barbin, Tessa Louise-Salomé

    Screenwriters :

    Xavier Beauvois, Guillaume Bréaud, Jean-Eric Troubat

    Sound assistant :

    Véronique Tiron

    Production manager :

    Isabelle Tillou

    Editor :

    Martine Giordano

    Assistant editors :

    Albertine Lastera, Marie-Julie Maille

    Production Designer :

    Alain Tchillinguiran

    Costume designer :

    Marielle Robaut

    Still Photographer :

    Thierry Valletoux

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    Feature film

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    100% French (France)

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    Runtime :

    1 h 50 min

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    Dolby SRD

    Posters (1)


    News (8)

    Selections (18)

    Cesar Awards - French film industry awards - 2006

    Cesar Awards - French film industry awards (France, 2006)

    Selection (5)

    Best Director : Xavier Beauvois

    Best Film

    Best Original Screenplay : Cédric Anger, Xavier Beauvois, Guillaume Bréaud, Jean-Eric Troubat

    Best Actress : Nathalie Baye

    Best Supporting Actor : Roschdy Zem


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