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The Year of Awakening

The Year of Awakening

A Feature film by Gérard Corbiau

Produced by Capricorne Productions

Release in France : 17/04/1991


    François is a sensitive and thoughtful student at a military boarding school in 1948. He is fourteen and an orphan, and the French are still fighting in Indochina, as they will continue to do for many years. He believes he will be sent to fight there when he graduates, and he is sure he will die in that far-away place. While he sees himself as stubbornly principled, others, including the school's bullies, simply see him as stubborn and a nuisance besides. In fact, his humiliation by the school's bullies is so constant that one of his persistent fantasies is to become a skilled boxer and trounce them all. That is one reason why he has become fixated on one of the school's military instructors, a handsome sergeant who was a championship boxer. While there may be an unformed erotic component to his fixation, it does not manifest overtly but adds fuel to his sexual initiation with the sergeant's wife.

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    Co-production :

    France 3 Cinéma

    French distribution :

    BAC Films

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    Full credits (20)

    Executive Producers :

    Jacques-Eric Strauss, Joelle Bellon

    Foreign Producer :

    Stéphane Thenoz

    Author of original work :

    Charles Juliet

    Sound Recordist :

    Alain Lachassagne

    Sound Assistant :

    Philippe Combes

    Editor :

    Denise Vindevogel

    Continuity supervisor :

    Zoé Zurstrassen

    Casting :

    Marie-Christine Lafosse

    French Distributor :

    Jean Labadie

    Still Photographer :

    Patrick Camboulive

    Assistant directors :

    Véronique Labrid, Douglas Law, Eric Pierson

    Adaptation :

    Gérard Corbiau, Andrée Corbiau, Michel Fessler

    Associate Producer :

    Dominique Janne

    Director of Photography :

    François Catonné

    Camera operators :

    Paco Wiser, Arthur Cloquet

    Assistant editors :

    Gervaise Demeure, Dominique Lefever

    Production Designer :

    Gérard Viard

    Costume designer :

    Fabienne Katany

    Sound Mixer :

    Gérard Rousseau

    Location Manager :

    Claude Guymont

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    Feature film

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    Belgium, France

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    Minority French (Belgium, France)

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    Runtime :

    1 h 42 min

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