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A Feature film by René Féret

Produced by Les Films Alyne

Release in France : 23/08/1989


    The story of director René Féret's parents. In 1935, his mother Aline (Valerie Stroh) works in her parents' cafe in a mining town in northern France. There, she meets a customer, Pierre (Jean-Yves Berteloot), and decides she is going to marry him. In a reversal of roles, she is the one who proposes to him, and she also engineers a false pregnancy to persuade her parents to okay the match. With a few stops along the way, the story picks up after the war with the birth of the couple's third son, who is given the name Rene in memory of their first, dead son. Never rich, they achieve some level of financial stability just as their sons are about to head off to the city for college. The love between the two older people is highlighted in a poignant scene as, just as he is about to die, the father shares a champagne toast with his wife in memory of one of their happier moments.

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    Production and distribution (3)

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    Les Films Alyne

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    Full credits (17)

    Executive Producer :

    René Féret

    Associate Producer :

    Jean-Bernard Fetoux

    Foreign producer :

    Marion Hänsel

    Director of Photography :

    Pierre Lhomme

    Assistant Operator :

    Jean-Yves Le Poulain

    Editor :

    Henri Lanoé

    Continuity supervisor :

    Joëlle Keyser

    Foley artist :

    Jérôme Lévy

    Sound Mixer :

    Jacques Thomas-Gérard

    Assistant directors :

    François Robin, Philippe Roussel, Christophe Vallée

    Screenwriter :

    René Féret

    Co-producer :

    Louis Wipf

    Sound Recordist :

    Michel Vionnet

    Camera operators :

    Marc Detiffe, Jean-Paul Meurisse

    Sound editor :

    Susana Rossberg

    Music Composer :

    Evelyne Stroh

    Costume designer :

    Barbara Kidd

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    Feature film

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    Family, Fate

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    France, Belgium

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    2 h 7 min

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