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Three Dancing Slaves -- The emotionally rich lives of three motherless brothers are examined in this French drama that provides a glimpse into the complicated world of men and their deepest emotions.


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Release Date:
16 June 2004 (France) See more »
Annecy is no tourist destination for three working-class Algerian brothers and their father, in the months after their mother has died... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)
Nicolas Cazalé ... Marc
Stéphane Rideau ... Christophe
Thomas Dumerchez ... Olivier
Salim Kechiouche ... Hicham
Bruno Lochet ... Le père
Vincent Martinez ... Le "professeur"
Jackie Berroyer ... Robert

Aure Atika ... Emilie
Nicolas Paz ... Montana
Mathias Olivier ... Ryan
Gary Mary ... Luc
Geordie Piseri-Diaz ... Jérémy
Clément Dettli ... Henry
Pierre Vallin ... Sly
Janine Ribollet ... La mère de Sly
Gilles Taurand ... L'homme de la ferme
Fabien Reboux ... Garçon de ferme 1
Geoffroy Rippoz ... Garçon de ferme 2
Claude Chariglionne ... Dresseur de chevaux

Olivier Perez ... Zora the transexual
Kheireddine Defdaf ... Complice Montana (as Kérédine Defdaf)
Jean-Jérôme Landue ... Bruno
Joyce Edorh ... Blanche-Neige
Paul Morel ... François
Pierre Blériot ... Le garçon au lycée
Nathanaël Maïni ... Le moniteur de parapente
Yves Jacquemard ... Le kinésithérapeute

Directed by
Gaël Morel 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Christophe Honoré 
Gaël Morel 

Produced by
Bertrand Guerry .... executive producer
Philippe Jacquier .... producer
Original Music by
Camille Rocailleux 
Cinematography by
Jean-Max Bernard 
Film Editing by
Catherine Schwartz 
Casting by
Jacques Grant 
Art Direction by
Zé Branco 
Makeup Department
Catherine Bruchon .... key makeup artist
Clémence Kazémi .... makeup artist
Production Management
Xavier Champagnac .... unit production manager
Philippe Jacquier .... production manager
Béatrice Mauduit .... production manager
Roland Nottola .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Akrame El Meziane .... second assistant director
Bertrand Guerry .... first assistant director
Isabelle Vossart .... third assistant director
Art Department
Anne Bourleyre .... assistant art director
Sound Department
Annabel Acquaviva .... sound assistant
François Groult .... sound mixer
Paul Lainé .... sound
Xavier Marsais .... foley artist recording
Pascal Mazière .... foley artist
Corinne Rozenberg .... sound
Francis Auguy .... stunts
Gilles Cappelletto .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Dominique Dehoua .... electrician
Frédérick Grosso .... assistant camera
Jean Longueville .... assistant camera
Julien Monneret .... grip
Philippe Quaisse .... still photographer
Walser Thomas .... electrician
Editorial Department
Chrystel Alépée .... assistant editor
Other crew
Nathalie Gormand .... script supervisor
Isabelle Saint-Aubin .... administrator

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Also Known As:
"Le clan" - France (original title)
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90 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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8 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Marvelous Non-Hollywood film making, 15 August 2008
Author: dedwardloftin-1 from United States

This is a beautifully made film. The acting and production values are superb. I think the reason that some reviewers have difficulty with this film is just that it's a very simple film...It's about three young men dealing with the loss of their mother, and a father who has lost his wife. Each brother finds his own way to deal with his loss; one through drug abuse and self injury, one becomes his father, and another discovers the courage to express his desires. Morel allows the characters to breathe, and respects us enough to expect us to pay attention to visual clues which are equally important as spoken dialog, without spelling out all the details. Morel is masterful at depicting the emotional tone between individuals and groups. For instance, the scene in which Christophe has just come home from prison is extremely complex. There's a great deal of homo-erotic nuance between the brothers and their friends in this scene. While Morel creates a space for it, and fully inhabits it, he never feels a need to make a point of it, to make a statement. There's simply no need for that. It's not that they are gay or straight, but precisely that the lines between gay and straight are rather fuzzy between these good friends. Putting that message into words would create a self conscious tone in the film which could destroy the dense fabric of emotional ambiguity in which the brothers live. It may well be that part of the brothers emotional problems have to do with the intensity of their feelings for each other, and their fear of expressing them, as well. All three have shortcomings, and none find a way to fully escape the trauma that defines their family. In the end, the ironic point is that the slave dancer is free enough to take a principled, self respecting stand to end a demeaning relationship, yet the three brothers who look down on him are enslaved to their past.

The plot(and there is one) is entirely subservient to the emotional issues of the characters. If you're looking for a plot driven movie, this film has a plot, but the issues that drive the plot are almost entirely internal. This is a film not primarily about events, but how people respond to events and the ways in which their responses shape their lives. Viewed from that perspective, this is a unique and powerful film.

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