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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 »
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  (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)

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Comment j'ai tué mon père" - Spain (original title)
"My Father and I" - USA (DVD title)
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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


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4 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
strong emotions of cold people, 5 August 2006
Author: dromasca from Herzlya, Israel

I was very interested to see the previous film of director Anne Fontaine before she did the excellent 'Nathalie'. 'Comment j'au tue mon pere' did not disappoint, although it may not be a easy film for everybody's taste.

Despite the title this is no detective story, and there is almost no physical violence in this movie. It is the world of the French middle-high class, people are polite and talk quiet. A well-doing doctor lives with his wife and his brother when their lives are changed by the arrival - as in a inverse parable - of the prodigal father, the one who left the boys as kids. Not only that the characters cannot re-do the time lost, but they do not seem to even look or express any affection. The emotions behind their cold masks are however not less stronger, with frustration and fear dominating the father-sons interaction.

The movie is very well acted with Michel Bouquet and Charles Berling giving powerful performances in the principal roles. Although the cinematography is a little banal, the movie is to be remembered for the intensity of the hidden conflicts, well brought to the screen.

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