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The Man Who Lost His Shadow

The Man Who Lost His Shadow

A Feature film by Alain Tanner

Release in France : 15/01/1992


    When a man has no more ideas, when he no longer knows why he does certain things, Antonio says to Paul, "it's like he's lost his shadow." Antonio thinks Paul has lost his shadow. An old Andalusian communist who'd returned to his country after a long exile in France, Antonio takes in Paul, who has fled home after being fired by the paper he worked on. "You think everything can be fixed," Antonio says to Paul. "Everything that goes on in your mind and in peoples' lives. You run away in your mind, but life catches up with you." Not just life, women, too. Paul's present girlfriend, Anne, and his ex, Maria, set out after him. This could turn into farce or tragedy. It in fact becomes neither. No one has to die in this story, but in fact someone does. Antonio, and with him, a whole slice of history, that period when people believed in social utopias. Paul loses his shadow, all right, but not the one Antonio had in mind, for Antonio was Paul's shadow...

    Actors (6)

    Production and distribution (3)

    Co-production :

    Gemini Films

    Film exports/foreign sales :

    The Bureau Sales

    Foreign production companies :

    Tornasol Films, Filmograph SA

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    Assistant directors :

    Nathalie Donnini, Manuel Martin Cuenca

    Producer :

    Paulo Branco

    Screenwriter :

    Alain Tanner

    Director of Photography :

    José Luis López Linares

    Editor :

    Monica Goux

    Music Composer :

    Arié Dzierlatka

    Foreign producers :

    Josean Gomez, Gerardo Herrero

    Sound Recordist :

    Jean-Paul Mugel

    Co-producer :

    Paulo Branco

    Sound assistant :

    Sophie Chiabaut

    Production Designer :

    Ana Alvargonzalez

    Costume designer :

    Ana Alvargonzalez

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    Feature film

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    Spain, Switzerland, France

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    Minority French (Spain, Switzerland, France)

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    Runtime :

    1 h 42 min

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