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The Sweet Escape - ©  Anne-Françoise Brillot - Why Not Productions

The Sweet Escape

A Feature film by Bruno Podalydès

Produced by Why Not Productions

Release in France : 10/06/2015


    Fifty-year-old Michel is a computer graphics artist. He has a passion for the aerial postal service and thinks he's French aviator Jean Mermoz whenever he hops on his scooter, even though he has never piloted a plane.
    One day, a series of photos of a kayak stop Michel in his tracks: the kayak looks just like fuselage.
    He falls in love immediately. Unbeknownst to his wife, Rachelle, he buys a kayak kit and all the material that goes with it. Michel paddles for hours on his roof, dreaming of solo flights, but decides not to cast off out to sea. Rachelle discovers his paraphernalia and encourages him to weigh anchor.
    Michel finally sets off down a pretty, unfamiliar river. At his first stop he discovers a open-air cafe on the riverbank. Here he meets the owner, Laetitia, the young waitress, Mila, and their clients - whose main occupation is to tinker about beneath the trees and to drink absinth.
    Michel makes friends with this group of folk, sets up his tent for the night nearby, and finds it very difficult to leave the next morning.

    Actors (15)

    Production and distribution (4)

    Executive Producer :

    Why Not Productions

    Film exports/foreign sales :

    Wild Bunch International

    Co-production :

    France 3 Cinéma

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    UGC Distribution

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    Photos (12)

    Full credits (17)

    Executive Producer :

    Pascal Caucheteux

    Executive Producer :

    Martine Cassinelli

    Director of photography :

    Claire Mathon

    Sound assistants :

    Hugo Deguillard, Pierre Picq

    Production Manager :

    Thibault Mattei

    Editor :

    Christel Dewynter

    Continuity supervisor :

    Anne Wermelinger

    Costume designer :

    Dorothée Guiraud

    Still Photographer :

    Anne-Françoise Brillot

    Assistant Director :

    Guillaume Plumejeau

    Screenwriter :

    Bruno Podalydès

    Sound Recordist :

    Laurent Poirier

    Assistant Operators :

    Raphaël Vandenbussche, Matthieu Agius

    Press Attaché (film) :

    Agnès Chabot

    Sound Editor :

    Nicolas Moreau

    Production Designer :

    Guillaume Deviercy

    Sound Mixer :

    Cyril Holtz

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    Feature film

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    100% French (France)

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    Runtime :

    1 h 45 min

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    Audio format :

    Dolby SRD

    Posters (3)


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