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The Sea Wall

The Sea Wall

A Feature film by Rithy Panh

Produced by Catherine Dussart Production (CDP)

Release in France : 07/01/2009


    Indochina, 1931. In the Gulf of Siam, a mother survives as best she can with her two children, Joseph (20) and Suzanne (16), who she watches grow up and whose departure she knows is inevitable. Abused by the colonial administration, she has invested all her savings in a block of land that is regularly flooded, and is therefore unable to be farmed. Fighting against the corrupt bureaucrats who've cheated her, and who now threaten to evict her, she puts all her energy into a crazy project: to construct a sea wall with the help of the village farmers. Ruined and obsessed by her undertaking, she more or less leaves Joseph and Suzanne to their own devices. It is then that M.Jo, the son of a rich Chinese businessman, falls under Suzanne's spell. The family tries to take advantage of the situation.

    Actors (14)

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    Executive Producer :

    Catherine Dussart Production (CDP)

    Foreign production company :

    SCOPE Pictures

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    Co-productions :

    Orange Studio, France 2 Cinéma

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    Full credits (19)

    Executive Producer :

    Catherine Dussart

    Author of original work :

    Marguerite Duras

    Screenwriters :

    Rithy Panh, Michel Fessler

    Director of Photography :

    Pierre Millon

    Production Manager :

    Pierre Wallon

    Editor :

    Marie-Christine Rougerie

    Continuity supervisor :

    Géraldine Depardon

    Music Composer :

    Marc Marder

    Costume designer :

    Édith Vesperini

    Location manager :

    Anne Farrer

    Assistant Director :

    Pascal Guérin

    Associate producer :

    Geneviève Lemal

    Co-producer :

    Alexandre Lippens

    Sound Recordist :

    Pierre Mertens

    Press Attaché (film) :

    Laurence Granec

    Sound Editor :

    Marc Bastien

    Production Designer :

    Yan Arlaud

    Casting :

    Gérard Moulevrier

    Sound Mixer :

    Thomas Gauder

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    Feature film

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    France, Belgium

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    Majority French (France, Belgium)

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    Runtime :

    1 h 55 min

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    Dolby SRD

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