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12 November 2003 (France) See more »
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Odd, French Existential French Comedy? See more (5 total) »


  (in credits order)
Thomas Suire ... Basile Matin
Laurent Soffiati ... Johnny Got
Thomas Blanchard ... Igor
Jeanine Canezin ... La mère de Basile
Evelyne Bruniquel-Lebert ... La voisine / La cliente / Le couple de pompiste (as Évelyn Bruniquel Lebert) (as Evelyne Bruniquel Lebert)
Jean-Marie Combelles ... Le patron du café de Montcastin
Serge Ribes ... Le ouvrier de Montcastin / Jack
Guillaume Viry ... Le ouvrier de Montcastin / Le patron du café de routiers
Yves Dinse ... Le gendarme / L'homme dans la cité désaffectée
Pierre Dufour ... Le gendarme
Roger Guidone ... Roger
Bruno Izarin ... Daniel (as Bruno Izarn)
Jacques Mestres ... Jean-Luc
Jean-Claude Baudracco ... Dédé
Nicole Huc ... Lydie
Marie-Pierre Neskovic ... Julie
Valérie Pangrazzi ... Annie
Jeanne Delavenay ... Anne
Catherine Tolosa ... Danielle
Emmanuel Poyen ... Jules
Laurent Pons ... Philippe
Raymonde Eudeline ... La patronne du café de l'érodrome / La patronne d'un café (as Raymonde Heudeline)
Eric Bougnon ... Le serveur (as Éric Bougnon)
Vincent Martin ... Bodowski
Pierre-Maurice Nouvel ... Sorano
Jérôme Mancet ... Franck
Romain Puyelo ... Le homme de Bodowski
Samir Hassouni ... Le homme de Bodowski
Max Rangotte ... Le couple de pompiste
Eric Moulard ... Le client qui emmène Basile en voiture (as Éric Moulard)
Frédéric Gonzalès ... Jeune dans la nuit (as Fréderic Gonzales)
Nathalie Hauwelle ... Jeune dans la nuit
Daniel Schropfer ... Le réceptionniste de l'hôtel

Directed by
Alain Guiraudie 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Alain Guiraudie  writer
Frédéric Videau  writer

Produced by
Alexander Dumreicher-Ivanceanu .... co-producer: Amour Fou Filmproduktion
Marie-Rose Eybrard .... line producer
Nathalie Eybrard .... executive producer: Paulo Films
Gabriele Kranzelbinder .... co-producer: Amour Fou Filmproduktion
Jean-Philippe Labadie .... executive producer: Paulo Films (as Jean Philippe Labadie)
Thomas Ordonneau .... associate producer: Arte France Cinéma
Original Music by
Bruno Izarn (music) (as Teppaz & Naz)
Jacques Mestres (music) (as Teppaz & Naz)
Cinematography by
Antoine Héberlé (director of photography) (as Antoine Heberlé)
Film Editing by
Pierre Molin 
Casting by
Jean-Claude Montheil 
Set Decoration by
Eric Moulard  (as Éric Moulard)
Costume Design by
Elisabeth Mehu 
Karine Vintache 
Makeup Department
Michel Vautier .... key makeup artist
Production Management
Sébastien Bellamari .... unit manager trainee
Béatrice Bizet .... assistant unit manager
Julien Diehn .... post-production coordinator: Austria
Corentin Dong-Jin Sénéchal .... post-production manager
Corentin Dong-Jin Sénéchal .... production administrator
Pierre Dufour .... unit manager
Kieran Labarrère .... assistant unit manager (as Kieran Labarrere)
Alexis Lavergne .... post-production manager trainee: France
Pierre Masson .... unit manager trainee
Fany Pouget .... unit manager trainee
Andreas Redl .... post-production manager trainee: Austria
Christophe Rouhaud .... unit manager trainee
Marie-Rose Venuti .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Rabia El Bouhati .... second assistant director
Emile Louis .... first assistant director
William Windrestin .... second second assistant director
Art Department
Léon Bohbot .... property master
François Charrier .... assistant art director
Anjo de Marignan .... property master
Arnaud Lucas .... assistant decorator
Sound Department
Pascal Chauvin .... foley artist
Julien Exposito .... post-synchronization (as Julian Exposito)
Sylvain Girardeau .... sound engineer
Veronika Hlawatsch .... sound editor
Veronika Hlawatsch .... sound
Jean-Christophe Julé .... sound mixer
Jean-Christophe Julé .... sound
Bernhard Maisch .... assistant sound mixer
Fred Mays .... post-synchronization
Paulin Sagna .... assistant sound
Bernhard Maisch .... sound (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
George Basil .... digital effects
Philipp Zaufel .... digital artist
Oumar Diaoure .... stunt coordinator
Alain Figlarz .... stunts
Louis-Marc Marty .... stunts
Marc Mercier .... stunt coordinator
Romuald Sunny .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Brice Berrier .... grip
Caroline de Otero .... still photographer
Thierry Debove .... chief electrician
Lorenzo Donati .... steadicam operator
Pascal Doyen .... electrician
Nicolas Eon .... key grip (as Nicolas Éon)
Mathias Guenard .... additional electrician
Marc Kahlouche .... electrician
Elin Kirschfink .... first assistant camera
Joseph Lasserre .... groupman
Laurent Pauty .... second assistant camera
Olivier Sargatal .... additional electrician
Honoré Soubrie .... additional grip
Farid Tolba .... additional grip
Casting Department
Julien Grossi .... casting: Marseille
Laurent Lunetta .... assistant casting director
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Véronique Gely .... costume assistant
Editorial Department
Idit Bloch .... assistant editor
Music Department
Xavier Baux .... musician: bass
Bruno Izarn .... musician: guitar
Marc Marangoni .... musician: tenor saxophone
Jacques Mestres .... musician: guitar
Jacques Mestres .... musician: harmonica
Pascal Mestres .... musician: keyboards
Aurélie Nogues .... musician: chant
Arnaud Perpigna .... musician: batterie
Muriel Perpigna .... musician: chant
Christophe Rohrbacher .... musician: alto saxaphone
Other crew
Nicole Benoist .... canteen
Philippe Bonaldi .... canteen
Julie Bouillard .... administration: Paulo Films
Martina Buchner .... administration: Amour Fou Filmproduktion
Virginie Decarra .... production secretary
Julien Diehn .... translations
Nathalie Eybrard .... presenter
Olivier Guérin .... canteen
Thierry Génois .... canteen
Susanna Harrer .... administration: Amour Fou Filmproduktion
Claude Labadie .... administration: Paulo Films
Jean-Philippe Labadie .... presenter
Annie Lafont .... administration: Paulo Films (as Anne-Marie Lafont)
Chloé Lorenzi .... press attache
Claudia Neubern .... script supervisor
Beate Pichler .... press attache
Vanessa Ramonbordes .... production assistant
Stéphanie Robertson .... canteen
Cecilia Rose .... translations
Jean Salis .... pilot: airplane (as Jean-Baptiste Salis)
Karin Schiefer .... translations
Christine Schweigert .... administration: Amour Fou Filmproduktion
Adam Traynor .... translations
Gabriel Évéque .... pilot: airplane

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Pas de repos pour les braves" - France (original title)
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104 min
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24 out of 25 people found the following review useful.
Odd, French Existential French Comedy?, 25 May 2005
Author: gpadillo from Portland, Maine

One of the hardest things for humans to do is to explain a dream and make it interesting. Herein lies the biggest problem of "No Rest for the Brave." Rare is the viewer who will make it to the end of this oddly beautiful but frustrating film. First, for the non-native French speaker, this is a film heavy on the dialog – lots of it and it comes at you machine gun fast which translates into being forced to read constantly and as fast as you can.

In a nutshell "No Rest" tells the story of a boy – Basille (also with an alter-ego called Hector) a 16 year old who believes he's approaching the penultimate sleep – one more night with his eyes closed and he will die. So, sleep deprived, he is forever in a state of semi-consciousness living more in a dream state than the real world. It becomes increasingly difficult (if not downright impossible) to figure out what is real and what isn't. Does Basille really kill an entire village? Is he having an affair with a 60 year old man? Does he really drive around in an airplane he can't get off the ground? What is the significance of "little red balls?" Is there really an improper "season" for eating foie gras? If one allows themselves to fall into this world, the difference between reality and dreaming ultimately doesn't matter.

Director Alain Guiraudie creates a beautiful, surreal existential plane wherein the Bassile and those who populate his life (and dreams) reside. There are images that are breathtakingly beautiful – such as Basille's red plane's attempted take off, or the image of him wildly, violently dancing 70's punk style to an acoustic guitar song in a brightly lit pool hall.

I thought I would gouge my eyes out after 20 minutes or so, but once I "let go" and just watched it on its own terms and fell in love with this oddball, beautiful picture.

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