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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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  (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
André 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
Miguel Bejo .... telecine dailies colorist
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 »
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The ferry scenes were actually shot on the Isle of Wight ferry England.See more »


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6 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
Unpleasant and Pointless, 4 November 2007
Author: Claudio Carvalho from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

In the country of France, the writer Leo Shepherd (Gérard Depardieu) lives with his daughter Virginia (Sylvie Testud), who organizes his life. When the Swedish Academy awards Leo with the Nobel Prize for Literature, his son Paul (Guillaume Depardieu) unsuccessfully tries to contact him by phone, but Virginia does not allow Paul to talk to his father. Leo decides to go to Stockholm driving his motorcycle, and Paul follows him by car trying to speak with Leo. While trying to escape from Paul, Leo evolves in an accident on the road with another bike, a car and a truck and Paul kidnaps his slightly injured father. The police commit a mistake in the identification of one of the victims of the accident and announce the death of Leo. Meanwhile, Paul forces his father to listen to him, and along their conversation, a resentful relationship from both sides is disclosed.

"Aime Ton Père" is a deceptive movie about the relationship of a dysfunctional family that goes nowhere. The unpleasant and pointless story begins with a terrible development of characters, and it seems that Virginia is married with the black-haired guy (probably Arthur) and has an affair with the strong guy. The troubled relationship of Paul and Leo has accusations, resentments and pain but there is no final message. Further, there is no explanation why Leo has not written for three years. The conclusion of this empty story is absolutely disappointing. My vote is four.

Title (Brazil): "Meu Pai, Meu Filho" ("My Father, My Son")

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