IMDb > How I Killed My Father (2001)

How I Killed My Father (2001) More at IMDbPro »Comment j'ai tué mon père (original title)


User Rating:
6.8/10   836 votes »
Your Rating:
Saving vote...
Deleting vote...
/10   (delete | history)
Sorry, there was a problem
Popularity: ?
Down 1% in popularity this week. See why on IMDbPro.
View company contact information for How I Killed My Father on IMDbPro.
Release Date:
19 September 2001 (Belgium) See more »
When his long-time disappeared father is entering his life again, Jean-Luc, a successful doctor, has no option but to face his own life story. Will he ever be able to forget and forgive? Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Plot Keywords:
2 wins & 1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
A marvelous psychological meditation that mystifies and reveals See more (15 total) »


  (in credits order)

Michel Bouquet ... Maurice

Charles Berling ... Jean-Luc

Natacha Régnier ... Isa

Amira Casar ... Myriem
Stéphane Guillon ... Patrick
Hubert Koundé ... Jean-Toussaint
Karole Rocher ... Laetitia
Marie Micla ... The Prostitute
Nicole Evans ... The Female Patient
Philippe Lehembre ... Homeless Guy / Elderly Patient
Pierre Londiche ... Isa's Father
Jean-Christophe Lemberton ... Cyril
Manoëlle Gaillard ... Isa's Mother
Etienne Louvet ... Myriem's Son
Claude Koener ... The Official
Thierry de Carbonnières ... Guest at the Reception
Nathalie Mathis ... Magali
Emanuel Booz ... The Manager (as Emmanuel Booz)

François Berléand ... The Patient

Directed by
Anne Fontaine 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Jacques Fieschi 
Anne Fontaine 

Produced by
Philippe Carcassonne .... producer
Original Music by
Jocelyn Pook 
Cinematography by
Jean-Marc Fabre 
Film Editing by
Guy Lecorne 
Casting by
Stéphane Foenkinos 
Production Design by
Sylvain Chauvelot 
Set Decoration by
Joël Lavrut 
Costume Design by
Corinne Jorry 
Makeup Department
Franck-Pascal Alquinet .... key hair stylist
Franck-Pascal Alquinet .... key makeup artist
Thi Thanh Tu Nguyen .... makeup artist (as Thi-Thanh-Tu Nguyen)
Thi-Loan Nguyen .... key makeup artist
Production Management
Nathalie Dages .... unit manager
Brigitte Faure .... post-production manager
Marie-Hélène Labret .... unit manager (as Marie-Hélène Lambret)
Bruno Perdrigeat .... unit manager
Thierry Peythieu .... unit manager
Frédéric Sauvagnac .... production manager
Franck Vade .... unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Daniel Marchaudon .... assistant director
Laurent Perreau .... assistant director
Thierry Verrier .... first assistant director
Art Department
Jean-Marc Albertoni .... carpenter
Lionel Callari .... property master
Eric Chemel .... assistant set decorator
Pascal Courtinel .... chief painter
Dominique Junca .... painter
Jérôme Larivière .... chief carpenter
Joël Lavrut .... set dresser
Sound Department
Nicolas Cantin .... sound assistant
Pascal Chauvin .... sound effects editor
Pascal Dedeye .... sound effects editor
Roman Dymny .... assistant sound editor
Dominique Gaborieau .... sound mixer
Dimitri Haulet .... sound assistant
Jean-Claude Laureux .... sound
Patrice Séverac .... post-synchronization
Jean-Alexandre Villemer .... sound recordist
Francis Wargnier .... sound editor
Special Effects by
Philippe Teissier .... special effects
Camera and Electrical Department
Guy-Auguste Boléat .... key grip
Bruno Calvo .... still photographer
Michel Dechaud .... key grip
Nabil Dridi .... electrician
Laurent Hincelin .... first assistant camera
Jean-Bernard Josko .... grip
Eric Le Roux .... Steadicam operator
Jean-Claude Lother .... still photographer
Pascal Payet .... grip
Marion Rey .... second assistant camera
Luc Reyrolle .... electrician
Christian Weyers .... gaffer
Casting Department
Priscilla Gessati .... extras casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Hélène Kurant .... assistant costumer
Maïra Ramedhan Levi .... assistant costume designer (as Maira Ramedhan Lévy)
Maïra Rhamedhan .... assistant costumer
Editorial Department
Fabrice Dequeant .... color timer
Christian Dutac .... color timer
Anja Lüdcke .... assistant editor
Music Department
Edouard Dubois .... music consultant
Geoff Foster .... score recordist
Other crew
Franck Belaiche .... production assistant (as Franck Prince)
Sandrine Boulet .... production assistant
Dominique Collobert .... production administrator
Jérôme Cusin .... stage manager
Danielle Dumanoir .... production secretary
Valérie Novel .... location scout
Maggie Perlado .... script supervisor
Mathias Duhayer .... production assistant (uncredited)

Production CompaniesDistributorsOther Companies

Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Comment j'ai tué mon père" - Spain (original title)
"My Father and I" - USA (DVD title)
See more »
98 min
Sound Mix:
Argentina:13 | France:U | Netherlands:AL | Singapore:NC-16 | Switzerland:12 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:12 (canton of Vaud) | UK:15


This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.
16 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
A marvelous psychological meditation that mystifies and reveals, 25 September 2002
Author: Peegee-3 ( from Santa Monica, CA

The pace, the images, the characters in this film are deliciously meditative...and although universal in its content, very French in its presentation. Not a film for Americans who want an action-packed, easily accessible narrative. But those who enjoy an intelligent exploration of relationships at a deep even profound level will find this movie to their liking.

The basic line sets up the life of a very successful gerontologist, dealing in anti-aging methods, married to a beautiful, compliant young woman and also involved sexually with his attractive assistant. When he receives a letter telling him his father, who has been a doctor in Africa and deserted his family many years ago, has died, we are given a revery from his imagination. In this reflection, his father appears at his elegant home and the rest of the film explores the son's complex relationship and emotions relative to what he believes these might be, should his father actually show up. A very interesting devise...using classic projection and giving us the challenging question "What is real and what is imagined".

The cast is superb...with special kudos to Michael Bouquet and Charles Berling, the leads.

I recently saw "Life As A House"...and while the performances were fine...the movie itself...dealing again with a father-son relationship...was such a mish-mash of extraneous characters, the real focus and profundity were lost in the Hollywood glitter of it all. This Anne Fontaine film keeps the color so wonderfully subdued, almost a sense of black and white, that the visual aspect is moodily effective and appropriate to its theme.

Was the above review useful to you?
See more (15 total) »

Message Boards

Discuss this movie with other users on IMDb message board for How I Killed My Father (2001)
Recent Posts (updated daily)User
abuse- spoiler? film_ophile
The 'prostitute' andrewwagstaff
See more »


If you enjoyed this title, our database also recommends:
- - - - -
Kings & Queen El diputado Toto the Hero Head-On The Official Story
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
Show more recommendations

Related Links

Full cast and crew Company credits External reviews
News articles IMDb Drama section IMDb Spain section

You may report errors and omissions on this page to the IMDb database managers. They will be examined and if approved will be included in a future update. Clicking the 'Edit page' button will take you through a step-by-step process.