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The Shadow

The Shadow

A Feature film by Claude Goretta

Produced by Odessa Films

Production year : 1991


    L'Ombre tells the adventures of Guillaume, a Swiss citizen, honest and cultured, a good husband and father, whose uneventful life suddenly gets out of hand. A researcher with a newspaper, he is constantly confronted with the most violent news items but only in an absent way as he isn't confronted with the danger itself. He works with Lavigne, the star journalist of the paper. Without admitting it to himself, Guillaume is jealous of his colleague who, in his eyes, is nothing but an adventurer, i.e., the one who takes all the risks, who gets all the admiration because he lives dangerously. One evening at a reception given by Lavigne, Guillaume's anguishes and fantasies erupt. His drifting starts with a painful discovery : Erika, his wife, has been unfaithful with Lavigne. Going from strange meetings to nightmarish situations, Guillaume is drawn by extreme rightists into participating to their actions and ultimately assists in Lavigne's kidnapping...

    Actors (12)

    Production and distribution (3)

    Executive Producer :

    Odessa Films

    Foreign production companies :

    Les Productions JMH, RTS - Radio Télévision Suisse, Bioskop Film

    Co-production :

    France 3 Cinéma

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    Full credits (12)

    Foreign Producer :

    Jean-Marc Henchoz

    Screenwriters :

    Claude Goretta, Muriel Teodori, Efrem Camerin

    Directors of Photography :

    Pio Corradi, Philippe Cordey

    Editor :

    Joële Van Effenterre

    Production Designers :

    Serge Etter, Ivan Niclass, Sylvie Goy

    Costume designer :

    Valérie Debuck

    Sound recordists :

    Michel Kharat, Samuel Cohen

    Co-producer :

    Yannick Bernard

    Press Attaché (film) :

    Robert Schlockoff

    Assistant editor :

    Catherine Cormon

    Music Composers :

    Antoine Auberson, Pascal Auberson

    Sound mixers :

    Hans Kunzi, François Musy

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    Feature film

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    Coproducer countries :

    Germany, Switzerland, France

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    Majority French (Germany, Switzerland, France)

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    Runtime :

    1 h 30 min

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