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  (in credits order)

Valeria Bruni Tedeschi ... Federica

Chiara Mastroianni ... Bianca

Jean-Hugues Anglade ... Pierre

Denis Podalydès ... Philippe
Marisa Borini ... Mother (as Marysa Borini)
Roberto Herlitzka ... Father

Lambert Wilson ... Aurelio
Pascal Bongard ... Priest

Nicolas Briançon ... Director

Yvan Attal ... Man in Park

Emmanuelle Devos ... Philippe's Wife
Karine Silla ... Céline
Alma Samel ... Child Federica
Uta Samel ... Child Bianca
Victor Nebbiolo ... Child Aurelio
Helena Sadowska ... Dance Teacher
Chloé Mons ... Amélie
Hélène de Saint-Père ... Woman in Movie Theater
Pierre-Olivier Mattei ... Man in Movie Theater
Laurent Grévill ... Doctor
Eva Ionesco ... Une femme au cinéma / Worker
Gérard Buffart ... Concierge
Souzan Chirazi ... Lawyer
Roland Romanelli ... Accordianist
Magali Woch ... Young Patient
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lorenzo Bassi
Rosy Bonanno
Emmanuelle Bourflataux
Paolo Cirio ... Kidnapper
Raphaël Cohen
Gerard Falce
Emilie Fontellino
Pierre Lefauchaux
Zofia Maikowska
Pablo Riuz Buesco
Viola Vergani

Directed by
Valeria Bruni Tedeschi 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Valeria Bruni Tedeschi  writer
Noémie Lvovsky  writer
Agnès de Sacy  writer

Produced by
Maurizio Antonini .... co-producer
Paulo Branco .... producer
Mimmo Calopresti .... co-producer
Cinematography by
Jeanne Lapoirie 
Film Editing by
Anne Weil 
Casting by
Yann Coridian 
Production Design by
Emmanuelle Duplay 
Set Decoration by
Hélène Rey 
Costume Design by
Claire Fraisse 
Makeup Department
Michelle Bernet .... assistant makeup artist (as Michèle Bernet)
Maria Johansson .... makeup artist: Italy
Marie-Thérèse Lebeau .... hair stylist
Caroline Philiponnat .... key makeup artist
Gioia Serena .... assistant hair stylist: Italy
Production Management
Marc Cohen .... assistant unit manager
Laetitia Fèvre .... post-production supervisor
Olivier 'Jones' Michel .... unit manager
Olivier Michel .... unit production manager
Sylvain Monod .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Agnès Astrup .... assistant director
Olivier Genet .... first assistant director
Maurad Kara .... second assistant director
Art Department
Thierry Michaud .... property master
Christine Rey .... upholsterer
Hélène Rey .... set designer
Romain Rosier .... production buyer
Carole Récamier .... upholsterer
Sound Department
Benjamin Bober .... boom operator
Benjamin Bober .... sound assistant
Felicity Cottrell .... foley artist
Edouard d'Heucqueville .... sound mix technician
Gréggory Poncelet .... sound recordist
Jean-Yves Pouyat .... boom operator
Bruno Tarrière .... sound re-recording mixer
François Waledisch .... sound
Jean-Christophe Winding .... sound editor (as Christophe Winding)
Camera and Electrical Department
Andrea Arnaud .... grip: Italy
Pierre Bonnet .... gaffer
Alessia Bulgari .... still photographer
Michel Dechaud .... key grip
Nicolas Dixmier .... gaffer
Arnaud Duru .... electrician
Yohann Favard .... electrician
Alexandre Gotkovski .... electrician
Muriel Olivier .... electrician
Frédéric Serve .... first assistant camera
Jean-Mary Vodoz .... grip
Henri Zaitoun .... second assistant camera
Casting Department
Linda Gabbay .... extras casting
David Hagège .... extras casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
France-Lise Loial .... wardrobe (as France Loial)
Bénédicte Planes .... costumer
Valérie Ranchoux .... wardrobe
Editorial Department
Barbara Bascou .... assistant editor
Christophe Bousquet .... color timer
Thomas Coulombeix .... assistant editor
Christine Maffre .... assistant editor
Anne-Cécile Vergnaud .... assistant editor
Other crew
Agathe Astira .... production administrator
Marta Cucchi .... production assistant: Italy
Bénédicte Darblay .... script supervisor
Marie-Agnès Gillot .... choreographer
Helena Gonçalves .... production assistant
Clémentine Mourão-Ferreira .... production assistant
Caroline Steff .... production secretary

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Il est plus facile pour un chameau..." - France (original title)
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110 min | Japan:105 min
Sound Mix:
Australia:M | Germany:6 | Sweden:7 | Switzerland:10 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:10 (canton of Vaud) | Switzerland:14 (canton of Zurich)
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The character of "Federica" is based on Valeria Bruni Tedeschi's real life experiences as daughter of a rich family.See more »


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to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter kingdom of heaven, 1 April 2006
Author: dbdumonteil

That's what is written in the Gospel and it could be a metaphorical illustration for the tail end of the film with a surrealist odor.

By her simple acting, her easily recognizable voice, Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi has become one of the most endearing actresses in the landscape of French cinema. When a viewer watches one of her films, he often keeps her in mind and so far, she followed an honorable and occasionally rough road in cinema. She was superb to François Ozon's in "5x2" (2004) and "Le Temps Qui Reste" (2005) and to the couple Olivier Ducastel-Jacques Martineau, "Crustacés et Coquillages" (2005) but her acting and her game sometimes played tricks on her. Claude Chabrol made a mistake by giving her the role of a woman-cop in his already mediocre "Au Coeur Du Mensonge" (1999). Because of her high-pitched voice, she made her part ludicrous. Another setback was with "Ah! Si j'étais Riche" (2002) because she fell into her own caricature.

Well, if she was rich, she wouldn't be the happiest person in the world. It is well known, money can't buy happiness and, here in the case of Frederica, quite rightly so. She's the daughter of a rich immigrated Italian family who left Italy to settle in Paris and lives with her boyfriend, Pierre (Jean-Hugues Anglade). She writes plays, has dancing lessons and has rather difficult relationships with her family, particularly her sister Bianca (Chiara Mastroianni). What doesn't make things easy is that she constantly has a heavy feeling of guilt due to the wealth of her social background. Moreover, she found back a one-time lover (Denis Podalydès) who has a crush on her again and galvanizes her to live with him again. Soon, she's going to inherit her father's fortune and this makes her only more edgy. Her solution to relieve her strained spirit? To confess to her priest whose trouble go beyond him. Yes, poor little rich girl Frderica struggles to find sense to her life...

For the topic of her first directing, Valéria Bruni-Tedeschi didn't complicate the issue. She took as a source of inspiration her own memories of a childhood spent in a posh, rich world. Some aspects of the persona she developed throughout her film must have been the same she she felt once in her past life. Like a good number of beginners who have a stab at directing for the very first time, the quality of her work is uneven, spotty. It's like a patchwork of a little desultory sequences sometimes badly meshed. She moves on from one scene to another without logical link. A certain scattering brings out of the film which also could have gained by being curtailed of about half an hour and being more tightened and pithy. Some moments also smell improvisation and directing is often flabby but thanks to the degree of contribution of the actress/director in his film, the audience never loses the thread of the steps in Frederica's agitated life. Her quirky scheme evolves on two directions centered on imagination and reality to better render in images Frederica's edgy spirit. So it gives whimsical moments like the last scene with the man in the park who got Frederica pregnant but also oddball animation sequences. The best one being the first one when she tries, in her imagination to make the camel go through the eye of a needle and it's not easy! But her vivid dreamy world is also interspersed with childhood flash-backs. All this to flee from a sultry familial atmosphere and not to think too much of such a big amount of dough...

Valéria Bruni-Tedeschi also grabs the viewer's attention when she evokes the insurmountable frontiers between social classes. Three conspicuous sequences: the first one when she and Pierre are with an estate agent in a flat and they talk about price of the rent. Frederica: "for you, it's too much", "for me, it's not enough...". The second one takes place when they have lunch at Frederica's parents'. Pierre, a socialist history teacher unveils his very tumultuous past before this posh world. The last scene in the queue when Pierre enumerates some "rules" of the aristocratic world which reminded me of Jean Renoir's magnum opus "la Règle Du Jeu" (1939). Still, on the plus side, Frederica's stormy even violent relations with her bilious sister filmed in a hard-hitting way. Did Valéria Bruni-Tedeschi have similar relation in her past life? Possible... But she kept a certain tenderness for her characters and there's a deadpan humor which suffuses in her work.

For her first directing, she gathered a bevy of estimable thespians: Denis Podalydès who curiously is often typecast in the same genre of character as the actress/director: clumsy, bashful but always endearing, it's evident in his brother Bruno's films. Chiara Mastroianni, Lambert Wilson shine and perhaps the best of the batch: Jean-Hugues Anglade. This good cast makes up a bit for the drawbacks previously quoted.

Valéria Bruni-Tedeschi's first film isn't exempted of drawbacks which are pertaining to a good pack of actors who have a stab at directing for the first time but it certainly doesn't deserve such a lowly 5.4 out of 10. It commands sympathy and if she is in your straitjacket of favorite contemporary French actresses, "Il est Plus Facile Pour Un Chameau..." has your name on it and might appeal to you. Her career as a filmmaker rather starts under auspicious skies. She collected the Louis Delluc prize for her work, maybe would it be bad to relinquish this direction...

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