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Back to Square One

Back to Square One

A Feature film by Thomas Ngijol, Fabrice Eboué, Lionel Steketee

Produced by Légende

Release in France : 06/07/2011


    Half-brothers Joël and Régis have nothing in common but their father, who they barely know. Joël is unemployed and lacks initiative. France, a "racist country" according to him, is the cause of all his woes and being black is his constant excuse not to look for work or even pay for his bus ticket.
    Régis is his totally integrated side. He is so well integrated, in fact, that he denies his black half and can't stand people referring to his origins. If you believed in what he says, you'd think crime and immigration go hand in hand. Called to their dying father's beside in the West Indies, all they receive for inheritance is the certificate declaring the freedom granted to their slave ancestors. The document has been passed down through the family from generation to generation. The brothers rip the certificate up, impervious to its symbolic value.
    Determined to punish them for what they've just done, a mysterious elderly aunt, who has been keeping her eye on them since they arrived, decides to take them back in time. Cast back to 1780, smack dab in the slavery period, Joël and Régis will be sold at the market as slaves. They must join forces, not only to escape from the plantation, but also to find a way to get back to the 21st century.



    Back to Square One


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    Other Angle Pictures

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    Mars Films, TF1 Films Production

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    Mars Films

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    Executive Producer :

    Ilan Goldman

    Associate producer :

    Catherine Morisse

    Director of Photography :

    Jean-Claude Aumont

    Production Manager :

    Marc Vade

    Editor :

    Frédérique Olszak-Olszewski

    Continuity supervisor :

    Laura Boitel

    Music Composer :

    Alexandre Azaria

    Costume designers :

    Pierre-Jean Larroque, Gilles Bodu-Lemoine

    Location Manager :

    Alain Mougenot

    Assistant Director :

    Nicolas Guy

    Screenwriters :

    Fabrice Eboué, Thomas Ngijol, Jérôme L'Hostky

    Sound Recordist :

    Pierre André

    Press Attaché (film) :

    Alexandra Schamis

    Sound Editor :

    Alain Féat

    Production Designer :

    Christian Marti

    Casting :

    Olivier Carbone

    Sound Mixer :

    François-Joseph Hors

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    Feature film

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    100% French (France)

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    Runtime :

    1 h 34 min

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    Dolby SRD

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