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Don't Tell Me the Boy Was Mad

Don't Tell Me the Boy Was Mad

A Feature film by Robert Guédiguian

Produced by Agat Films & Cie / Ex Nihilo

Release in France : 11/11/2015


    Berlin 1921. Talaat Pacha, the main person behind the Armenian genocide, is killed in the street by Soghomon Thelirian, whose entire family has been exterminated. During his trial, his account of the first genocide of the twentieth century leads to him being acquitted by a people's jury.

    Sixty years later, Aram, a young man of Armenian descent born in Marseille, blows up the Turkish ambassador's car in Paris. Gilles Tessier, a young cyclist who happened to be passing by, is seriously injured.

    Aram, on the run, joins the Armenian Secret Army for the Liberation of Armenia in Beirut, the centre of international revolution in the 1980s. With his comrades, young Armenians from around the world, he believes in the need to resort to armed struggle so that the genocide is acknowledged and the land of their grandparents is returned to them. 

    Left without the use of his legs after the explosion, Gilles' life is in ruins. He was even unaware that Armenia existed when Anouch, Aram's mother, suddenly bursts into his room in the hospital. She has come to ask his forgiveness on behalf of the Armenian people and confesses that it was her own son who planted the bomb.

    While Gilles, in Paris, tries to understand, Anouche is driven crazy by distress in Marseille, and Aram begins to rebel in Beirut… Until the day that he accepts to meet his victim so as to make Gilles his spokesperson.

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    Executive Producer :

    Agat Films & Cie / Ex Nihilo

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    mk2 films

    Co-productions :

    France 3 Cinéma, Alvy Productions

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    Executive Producers :

    Robert Guédiguian, Marc Bordure

    Screenwriters :

    Robert Guédiguian, Gilles Taurand

    Sound Recordist :

    Laurent Lafran

    Press Attaché (film) :

    Marie-Christine Damiens

    Sound editor :

    Bridget O'Driscoll

    Music Composer :

    Alexandre Desplat

    Sound mixer :

    Armelle Mahé

    Assistant Director :

    Ferdinand Verhaeghe

    Director of Photography :

    Pierre Milon

    Production Manager :

    Malek Hamzaoui

    Editor :

    Bernard Sasia

    Production Designer :

    Michel Vandestien

    Costume designer :

    Juliette Chanaud

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    Feature film

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    Drama, Historical

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    100% French (France)

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    Runtime :

    2 h 14 min

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    Audio format :

    Dolby 5.1