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A Loving Father (2002) More at IMDbPro »Aime ton père (original title)


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Release Date:
13 November 2002 (France) See more »
While the whole world thinks writer Léo Shepherd is dead, he is kidnapped by his son Paul. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
3 nominations See more »
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 (From The Guardian - Film News. 23 June 2010, 9:24 AM, PDT)

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lots of great moments but it loses its way See more (11 total) »


  (in credits order)

Gérard Depardieu ... Leo Shepherd

Guillaume Depardieu ... Paul

Sylvie Testud ... Virginia

Julien Boisselier ... Arthur

Noémie Kocher ... Marthe

Hiam Abbass ... Salma
Frédéric Polier ... Andre
Pierre-Alexandre Crevaux ... Paul, Age 8
Pippa Schallier ... Virginia, Age 11
Johanna Mohs ... Pippi
Jacques Frantz ... Antoine Levy

Sten Eirik ... Sven Boland
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Karina Aktouf ... Paul's fiancee

Roberto Bestazzoni ... Policeman

Manuela Biedermann ... Hospital nurse
Marc Brunet ... Policeman
Jonas Finlay ... Ship's officer

Martin Forsström ... Sailor

Cory Hogan ... Eskimo child
Robert Jadah ... Stockholm usher

Stefan Kollmuss ... Swiss Gendarme
Ulla-Carin Lindquist ... Lotta Nielsen
Elisabeth Niederer ... Dead woman
Johan Paulsen ... Ship's Doctor
Manuel Tadros ... M. Azouz

Richard Ulfsäter ... Sailor
Urs-Peter Wolters ... Hospital doctor

Gregory Terlecki ... Nobel prize dignitary (uncredited)

Directed by
Jacob Berger 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Pascal Barollier 
Jacob Berger 
Ed Radtke 

Produced by
Patrick Bordier .... executive producer
Michael Cowan .... co-executive producer (as Michael Lionello Cowan)
Gérard Depardieu .... producer
Jean-Pierre Guérin .... producer
Claude Léger .... co-producer
Alex Marshall .... associate producer
Jason Piette .... co-executive producer
David Rogers .... co-executive producer
Hamish Skeggs .... line producer: UK
Jonathan Vanger .... co-producer
Ruth Waldburger .... co-producer
Clive Waldron .... associate producer: UK
Original Music by
Jean-Claude Petit 
Cinematography by
Pascal Marti 
Film Editing by
Cathy Chamorey 
Casting by
Nicolas Ronchi 
Production Design by
Pierre Allard 
Kay Brown 
Ivan Niclass 
Art Direction by
Kay Brown 
Set Decoration by
Nadine Petit Clerc 
Costume Design by
Suzie Harman 
Kay Nigg-Devanthey  (as Kay Devanthey)
Makeup Department
Fabrice Herbet .... special makeup effects artist
Gaétan Landry .... hair stylist
Joan Patricia Parris .... makeup artist: Canada
Production Management
Thierry Bettas-Bégalin .... production supervisor
Daniel Boudreau .... assistant unit manager
Paul Boutin .... unit manager
Fabrice Gasser .... assistant unit manager
Ginette Guillard .... production manager
Paul Hart-Wilden .... unit production manager: UK
Serge Musy .... unit manager trainee
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jerome Franc .... third assistant director: UK
Fabrice Grange .... first assistant director
Julien Greco .... assistant director trainee
Janine Law .... second assistant director: UK
Art Department
Dion Boothby .... set dresser
Loïc Cascarino .... property master
Andrea Christelis .... assistant art director
Christian Corvellec .... head painter
Michel Doré .... storyboard artist
Johnny Hawkins .... production buyer
Jean-François Roesler .... set dresser
Sound Department
Howard Bargroff .... sound re-recording mixer
Howard Bargroff .... sound
Ben Barker .... foley editor
Steve Cook .... sound supervisor: UK
Colin Cooper .... adr recordist
Max Hoskins .... supervising sound editor
Jean-Paul Mugel .... sound
Yves-Marie Omnes .... boom operator
Kath Pollard .... assistant sound re-recording mixer
Ben Wilkins .... sound editor
Special Effects by
Pierre Riverin .... special effects technician
Antonio Vidosa .... special effects foreman
Martin Williams .... special effects technician
Visual Effects by
Frederic Moreau .... visual effects
Alain Bour .... stunt driver
Jean Brucy .... stunt driver
Rémi Canaple .... assistant stunt coordinator
Patrick Cauderlier .... stunt coordinator
Mike Chute .... stunt double: Gerard Depardieu
Philippe Dailler .... stunt driver
Jean-Louis Dos Santos .... stunt driver
Yan Dron .... stunts
Ludovic Dudot .... stunt driver
Cyrille Dufaut .... stunt driver
Guy Dupuis .... stunt driver
Alexandrine Felquin .... stunts
Sébastien Lagniez .... stunt driver
Stéphane Lefebvre .... stunt coordinator
Bruno Letrouit .... stunt driver
Pascal Roblin .... stunt driver
Romain Iannetta .... stunt driver (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Roch Boucher .... second assistant camera
Riccardo Brunner .... steadicam operator
Ciro Candia .... second assistant camera: UK
Andre Chemetoff .... second assistant camera
Nicolas Deblonde .... assistant camera
Mark Evans .... gaffer: UK
Francine Filatriau .... assistant camera
Francine Filatriau .... camera operator
Antonin Gendre .... key grip
Colin Houben .... assistant camera
Agnès Letessier .... assistant camera
Estelle Marcoux .... trainee camera: Montréal
Christian Navennec .... first assistant camera: Canada
Mario Radinovic .... video operator
Brent Robinson .... underwater first assistant camera
Virginie Trottet .... camera trainee: combo
John Ward .... Steadicam operator: UK
Casting Department
Elsa Pharaon .... casting: children
Isabelle Vossart .... additional casting
Editorial Department
Floriane Allier .... assistant editor
Music Department
Paul Lavergne .... music producer
Transportation Department
Luc Bouthillier .... driver
Richard Chabot .... driver: cast
Réal Hamel .... picture car coordinator
Andrée Roy .... driver (as Andree Roy)
Other crew
Maria Apps .... runner: UK
Véronique Arcouette .... second set production assistant
Guy Aumond .... production accountant
Shirine Best .... development assistant
Daniel Boudreau .... set production assistant
Emmanuel Béhier Migeon .... underwater unit
Ruth Charest .... coordinator
Michael Goring .... runner: UK
Mel Hider .... assistant: Mr. Cowan and Mr. Piette
Hugh Ip .... production coordinator: UK
Lucile Joly .... production assistant
Emily Kyriakides .... assistant: Mr. Cowan and Mr. Piette
Francois Larose .... set runner
Lucy Shuttleworth .... development executive
Benoit Thériault .... production assistant
Geoff Weate .... runner: UK

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Aime ton père" - France (original title)
"Honor Your Father" - Philippines (English title)
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103 min (Locarno Film Festival)
Color (Fujicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:MA | France:U | Netherlands:AL | Switzerland:14 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:14 (canton of Vaud)

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The ferry scenes were actually shot on the Isle of Wight ferry England.See more »


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8 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
lots of great moments but it loses its way, 28 November 2005
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

There were some amazing performances in this movie, as, at times, it delved into interesting material about parenting and relationships with neglectful parents. However, each time when the characters started to dig deeper within themselves to reveal more, the movie interrupted the focus--often into rather irrelevant directions. This is probably because most people with emotional baggage attempt to confront the past but become scared and run from it. Despite this, I still wanted to see much more exploration between the father and son. In addition, I wanted to see more than just a one-dimensional performance by the daughter throughout all but the closing moments of the film (she always seemed intensely and disproportionately angry throughout the film). It was as if the movie was put into production before there was a chance to edit and do re-writes and smooth out all the details--especially the very end of the film that made very little sense. Overall, it's interesting and has moments but could have been better.

By the way, Gerard's real life son plays his son in the movie. He looked an awful lot like a French version of Julian Sands (the somewhat obscure English actor).

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