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A Feature film by Jean-Jacques Andrien

Produced by AO Productions

Release in France : 13/09/1989


     Widower Edouard Pierson (Jeremy Irons) fought for Australia in World War Two, but he was born (and married) in Belgium. For the past twelve years, he has been living in Australia with his daughter. His occupation as a wool merchant is in keeping with his family's tradition. He is determined to remain in Australia, and is equally determined to keep his daughter (Danielle Lyttleton) from learning much about her mother, whom she never knew. Nonetheless, when his brother (Tcheky Karyo) calls urgently from Belgium, requesting his help in saving the family's business there, he returns to his hometown of Verviers. In addition to saving the family business, he comes to have second thoughts about returning to Australia after he has a brief affair with a Belgian woman (Fanny Ardant). Meanwhile, his daughter has made contact with her grandmother (Helene Surgere), and is beginning to learn about her mother.

    Actors (10)

    Production and distribution (5)

    Co-productions :

    Ciné 5, Christian Bourgois Production

    Film exports/foreign sales :

    StudioCanal Films Limited

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    Full credits (12)

    Executive Producer :

    Marie-Pascale Osterrieth

    Screenwriters :

    Jean-Jacques Andrien, Jean Gruault, Jacques Audiard

    Sound Recordist :

    Henri Morelle

    Editor :

    Ludo Troch

    Production Designer :

    Hubert Westbrook

    Costume designer :

    Yvonne Sassinot de Nesle

    Dialogue Writers :

    Jacques Audiard, Jean-Jacques Andrien, Jean Gruault

    Director of Photography :

    Yorgos Arvanitis

    Sound Assistant :

    Frank Struys

    Sound editor :

    Denise Vindevogel

    Music Composer :

    Nicola Piovani

    Sound Mixer :

    Gérard Lamps

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    Feature film

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    France, Belgium

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    1 h 50 min

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    Posters (1)


    Festival Selections

    Venice International Film Festival  - 1989

    Venice International Film Festival (Italy, 1989)


    Official Competition