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A Feature film by Ariel Zeïtoun

Produced by Partner's Production, Canal Plus Productions

Release in France : 27/01/1988


     Based on a novel by Gilbert Tanugi, who co-wrote the screenplay, this noirish French drama is set within the Paris music scene and centers on the attempts of a dangerously indebted record producer to scrounge up a fortune to pay back the vengeful loan shark who is trying to destroy him. Producer Sam Friedman thinks his salvation is finally at hand when he hears Joe and Puppet Bennet, two African American jazz musicians, singing and playing the blues in local night club. Desperate to have them, he pays their manager with money borrowed from his American jazz-addicted stepfather. Unfortunately, the deeply religious Puppet only wants God as her producer and refuses to sign. Friedman finally persuades her to sign, but only after he swears to watch over the flighty sax playing Joe. Unfortunately for poor Friedman, Joe turns out to be a psychopathic killer and has killed a prostitute. Knowing that he will be dead if he does not produce the couple's record and make some quick money, Friedman decides to shoulder the blame for the death himself. Though he is sent to jail, Friedman is at peace because he plans on telling the truth as soon as the Bennets cut their record. Things take a darker turn when the Bennets suddenly vanish, leaving poor Friedman stranded in prison. Desperate once again, Friedman escapes from jail and violent tragedy follows as he tries to save himself and clear his name.

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    Executive Producers :

    Partner's Production, Canal Plus Productions

    Film exports/foreign sales :

    Tamasa Distribution

    Co-production :

    France 2 Cinéma

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    Full credits (11)

    Executive Producer :

    Ariel Zeïtoun

    Adaptation :

    Jacques Audiard, Gilbert Tanugi, Ariel Zeïtoun

    Screenwriter :

    Jacques Audiard

    Editor :

    Hugues Darmois (Hachdé)

    Production Designer :

    Jacques Bufnoir

    Still Photographer :

    Jean-Marie Leroy

    Assistant directors :

    Philippe Besnier, Guillaume de Bary, Françoise Ebrard

    Dialogue Writer :

    Jacques Audiard

    Director of Photography :

    Bruno de Keyzer

    Continuity supervisor :

    Christine Raffa-Catonné

    Music Composers :

    Bruce Iglauer, François Bréant

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    Feature film

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    100% French (France)

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    Runtime :

    1 h 30 min

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