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The Children

The Children

A Feature film by Marguerite Duras, Jean-Marc Turine, Jean Mascolo

Produced by Les Productions Berthemont

Release in France : 29/05/1985


    More of a commentary on life as seen by Marguerite Duras than a movie on a family's internal relationships, this intriguing story focuses on Ernesto, a seven-year-old (played by the adult Alexander Bougosslavsky) who leaves school after several weeks because he is not interested in learning. Convinced there is no knowledge of any use in a spiritually dead world, Ernesto goes his own melancholy way, espousing his theories. His father Enrico (Daniel Gelin) cannot fathom his son's behavior, but his mother Natasha (Tatiana Moukhine) is still supportive of Ernesto, no matter how odd he may seem. Although the dialogue is the main protagonist in this film, the daily lives and interactions of the family members enliven Duras's cinematic essay on life and its meaning.

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    Actors (5)

    Production and distribution (3)

    Executive Producer :

    Les Productions Berthemont

    French distribution :

    Films Sans Frontières

    Film exports/foreign sales :

    Films Benoît Jacob

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    Full credits (8)

    Assistant Director :

    Jean-Marc Turine

    Screenwriter :

    Marguerite Duras

    Production Designer :

    Annie Sénéchal

    Costume designer :

    Christian Gasc

    Producers :

    Robert Pansard-Besson, Frédéric Vieille

    Sound Recordist :

    Michel Vionnet

    Music Composer :

    Carlos d'Alessio

    Still Photographer :

    Bruno Nuytten

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    Feature film

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    100% French

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    Runtime :

    1 h 34 min

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