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Conversations with My Gardener

Conversations with My Gardener

A Feature film by Jean Becker

Produced by Ice 3, KJB Production

Release in France : 06/06/2007

    Synopsis

    After establishing a solid artistic reputation in Paris, a man in his fifties returns to his roots in the heart of central France to take possession of the house where he grew up. The building is surrounded by a large plot of land that the painter has neither the inclination nor the talent to look after. He places an ad in a local paper, and the first to respond is a former classmate from grade school who the painter hasn’t seen for years.
    While spending long days in the gardener’s company, the painter discovers by impressionist touches a man who initially intrigues, and then fascinates because of his openness and simplicity. His life is marked out by simple reference points. He is uncomplicatedly happy, he feels no bitterness or jealousy. And his heroes are always simple folk.
    His value system passes through an unique criteria that, consciously or not, operates as a yardstick to judge people or things: commonsense. His friend’s paintings only find favor with him after hours of quiet observation.
    Thus the two men pursue a kind of delayed and fraternal adolescence which mingles together their families, their knowledge, carrots, pumpkins, life, death, plane travel, currant bushes, tastes, and colors. And, through each other’s eyes, they see the world’s spectacle in a different light.
    They quietly invite us into their daily discovery “of sharing.” The gardener makes things grow, like the painter paints to show.
    Henri Cueco, a painter and radio host sensitive to ordinary people's lives, offers us an affecting and simple story of friendship and camaraderie.

    Actors (17)

    Production and distribution (4)

    Executive Producers :

    Ice 3, KJB Production

    Film exports/foreign sales :

    STUDIOCANAL

    Co-productions :

    STUDIOCANAL, France 2 Cinéma

    French distribution :

    STUDIOCANAL

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    Photos (10)

    Full credits (19)

    Executive Producer :

    Louis Becker

    Author of original work :

    Henri Cueco

    Director of Photography :

    Jean-Marie Dreujou

    Assistant Operator :

    Denise Garnier

    Production Manager :

    Bernard Bolzinger

    Editor :

    Jacques Witta

    Continuity supervisors :

    Brigitte Hedou-Prat, Amélie Bérard

    Casting :

    Sylvia Allegre, Maguy Aime

    Sound Mixer :

    François Groult

    Post-production supervisor :

    Guillaume Parent

    Assistant directors :

    Denis Imbert, Louis-Julien Petit

    Screenwriters :

    Jean Cosmos, Jacques Monnet, Jean Becker

    Sound Recordist :

    Jacques Pibarot

    Camera Operator :

    Patrick de Ranter

    Press Attaché (film) :

    Dominique Segall

    Sound Editor :

    Vincent Montrobert

    Production Designer :

    Thérèse Ripaud

    Costume designer :

    Annie Périer-Bertaux

    Location Manager :

    Christophe Jarosz

    Technical details

    Feature film

    Genres :

    Fiction

    Sub-genre :

    Comedy

    Themes :

    Ageing

    Production language :

    French

    Production country :

    France

    Original French-language productions :

    Unknown

    Nationality :

    100% French (France)

    Production year :

    2006

    French release :

    06/06/2007

    Runtime :

    1 h 45 min

    Current status :

    Released

    Visa number :

    114.765

    Visa issue date :

    19/01/2007

    Approval :

    Yes

    Production formats :

    35mm

    Color type :

    Color

    Aspect ratio :

    CinemaScope

    Audio format :

    Dolby SR

    Posters (3)

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