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The Sentinel

The Sentinel

A Feature film by Arnaud Desplechin

Produced by Why Not Productions

Release in France : 20/05/1992


    The son of a diplomat, twenty-five-year old Mathias Barillet is taking classes in forensic medecine. He lives in Germany, where his father now works, but the boredom of living in Aachen drives him to set out for Paris. During a duties check on the train back to his homeland, Mathias meets a man who threatens and insults him, then simply disappears. The next day, still upset, Mathias discovers a skull in his luggage, a shrunken head, in keeping with Jivaros Indian tradition. Fascinated by this fragment of human remains, he feels somehow responsable. Who was it ? Who gave it to him? And why ?...

    Actors (31)

    Production and distribution (4)

    Executive Producer :

    Why Not Productions

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    Full credits (18)

    Executive Producers :

    Nicole Arbib, Pascal Caucheteux, Grégoire Sorlat

    Adaptation :

    Pascale Ferran, Noémie Lvovsky, Emmanuel Salinger

    Director of photography :

    Caroline Champetier

    Sound Assistant :

    Michel Casang

    Production managers :

    Sylvie Barthet, Christian Paumier

    Editor :

    François Gédigier

    Production Designer :

    Antoine Platteau

    Casting :

    Noémie Lvovsky

    Sound Mixer :

    Jean-Pierre Laforce

    Assistant directors :

    Hubert Barbin, Marie Vermillard

    Screenwriter :

    Arnaud Desplechin

    Sound recordists :

    Jean-Pierre Laforce, Bernard Aubouy, Laurent Poirier

    Assistant Operators :

    Julien Hirsch, Olivier Chambon

    Press Attaché (film) :

    Agnès Chabot

    Assistant editors :

    Stéphanie Araud, Laurence Briaud, Camille Cotte, Caroline Émery, Sylvie Gadmer, Emmanuelle Poinsot

    Music Composer :

    Marc Sommer

    Costume designer :

    Valérie Pozzo di Borgo

    Location Manager :

    Cyrille Bragnier

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    Feature film

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    Philosophical tale, Bizarre

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    France (100.0%)

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    100% French (France)

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    Runtime :

    2 h 25 min

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    Posters (1)



    Festival Selections (4)

    Cesar Awards - French film industry awards - 1993

    Cesar Awards - French film industry awards (France, 1993)

    Selection (3)

    Most Promising Actor : Emmanuel Salinger

    Best first picture

    Best Screenplay (Original or Adapted) : Arnaud Desplechin

    Cannes International Film Festival - 1992

    Cannes International Film Festival (France, 1992)


    Official Competition


    Cesar Awards - French film industry awards - 1993

    Cesar Awards - French film industry awards (France, 1993)


    César Award for Most Promising Actor : Emmanuel Salinger