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I, Pierre Rivière

I, Pierre Rivière

A Feature film by René Allio

Produced by Les Films Arquebuse, Polsim Production

Release in France : 27/10/2007


    On June 3, 1835, Pierre Rivière, a twenty-year-old farmer in Normandy, slit the throats of his mother, his sister Victoria, and his younger brother, Jules, with a billhook. He then fled and wandered for several weeks in the woods before being arrested. Shortly after being jailed, the murderer, whom most witnesses described as a strangely behaved young man, if not an idiot, began writing a dense memoir, an incredibily beautiful text, a veritable autobiography in which he outlined the reasons which drove him to commit his act: to deliver his father from his “sorrows and afflictions” that his wife had made him suffer from the first day of their marriage. A monstrous criminal or a “poor” madman? The debate would bring magistrates and psychiatrists into conflict for a long time.

    Featuring non-professionals – found from among the farmers of the region – in most of the leading roles, René Allio has created a singular and powerful work that pieces together all the layers of this mystery.

    Actors (11)

    Production and distribution (4)

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    Photos (6)

    Full credits (13)

    Executive Producers :

    René Féret, Fanny Berchaux

    Author of original work :

    Michel Foucault

    Director of photography :

    Nurith Aviv

    Production Manager :

    Michelle Plaa

    Continuity supervisor :

    Marie-Hélène Quinton

    Sound Mixer :

    Jean-Jacques Dufour

    Location Manager :

    Bernard Bouix

    Assistant directors :

    Gérard Mordillat, Nicolas Philibert

    Screenwriters :

    Pascal Bonitzer, René Allio, Jean Jourdheuil, Serge Toubiana

    Sound recordists :

    Pierre Gamet, Francis Bonfanti, Patrice Noïa

    Editor :

    Sylvie Blanc

    Costume designer :

    Christine Laurent

    Still Photographer :

    Philippe Barrier

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    Feature film

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    Drama, Historical

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    Murder, Insanity, News story

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    2 h 5 min

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