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7 December 2005 (Belgium) See more »
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Plot:
Fiona, Julien and their two clone-like children live a life appropriate to the robots they have become... See more » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
2 wins & 6 nominations See more »
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Wrapping Cannes 2011. Directors' Fortnight
 (From MUBI. 1 June 2011, 1:26 AM, PDT)

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Remarkable quasi-silent comedy from Belgium See more (16 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)
Lucy Tulugarjuk ... Nattikuttuk
Fiona Gordon ... Fiona

Dominique Abel ... Julien
Philippe Martz ... René le marin
Thérèse Fichet ... Fernande
Georges Jore ... Achille
Louis Lecouvreur ... Léon
Bruno Romy ... Georges
Lola Hélie ... Lola
Justine Fernandez ... Rosalie
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Joseph Alex ... Villageois
Madeleine Alex ... Villageois
Oumar Bangoura ... Clandestin
Virginie Binard ... L'employée
Fanny Chausson ... Douanier
Souleman Dankambarg ... Clandestin
Mélanie Del Din
Leen Derveaux ... L'employée (as Leen Dervaux)
François Dioh ... Le clandestin
Benoit Dupont ... Le camionneur
Nicolas Fellner ... L'employée
Louisette Fichet ... Passager
Marie-Claude Godefroy ... Passager
Robin Goupil ... Le fils
Yvonne Guilaine ... Ecossais
Denise Henri ... Villageois
Dicko Kaou ... Clandestin
Richard Karume ... Le clandestin
Olga Kimpembe ... Clandestin
Henri Lamache ... Villageois
Erik Lambert ... Chauffeur
Pierre Lecoeur ... Ecossais
Colette Lehoux ... Villageois
Henri Letrecher ... Passager
Christine Léonard ... Facteur
Claude M'Peti ... Le clandestin
Marthe Makauba Zilu ... Clandestin
Philippe Mathys ... L'employée
Diane Mory ... Clandestin
Dominique N'Diaye ... Clandestin
Jo Nijns ... Douanier
Marcelle Oliveres ... Ecossais
Christiane Pignot ... Villageois
Georges Pignot ... Villageois
Michel Piquenot ... Chauffeur
Ophélie Rousseau ... La fille
Kevin Somao ... Clandestin
Loïc Somao ... Clandestin
Marie Somao ... Clandestin
William Somao ... Clandestin
Alice de Visscher ... L'employée
Mamadou Wow ... Clandestin

Directed by
Dominique Abel 
Fiona Gordon 
Bruno Romy 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Dominique Abel 
Fiona Gordon 
Bruno Romy 

Produced by
Dominique Abel .... delegate producer
Marina Festré .... line producer
Fiona Gordon .... delegate producer
André Guéret .... co-producer
Arlette Zylberberg .... co-producer
 
Original Music by
Jacques Luley 
 
Cinematography by
Sébastien Koeppel 
 
Film Editing by
Sandrine Deegen 
 
Production Design by
Laura Couderc 
 
Costume Design by
Claire Dubien 
 
Makeup Department
Nathalie De Hen .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Jean Jacques Lion .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Julien Sigalas .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Annabelle Cocollos .... assistant decorator
Nicolas Gasnier .... assistant decorator
Thierry Vandenbussche .... assistant decorator
 
Sound Department
Philippe Baudhuin .... sound mixer
Etienne Carton .... sound recordist
David Gillain .... sound recordist
Hélène Lamy-Au-Rousseau .... assistant sound editor
Gilles Laurent .... boom operator
Frédéric Meert .... sound editor (as Fred Meert)
Frédéric Meert .... sound
Christian Monheim .... sound
Michel Schillings .... sound recordist
Philippe van Leer .... foley artist
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Pascal Banizet .... key grip
Fanny Chausson .... additional first assistant camera
Frédéric Chevrier .... electrician (as Fred Chevrier)
Benoît Dupont .... gaffer
Virginie Gourmel .... assistant camera
Raphaël Kolacz .... gaffer: second unit
Raine Ludovic .... electrician (as Ludovic Raine)
Geert Minnebach .... electrician
Laurent Thurin Nal .... still photographer (as Laurent Thurin)
Guillaume Vandenberghe .... electrician: second unit
Lou Vernin .... assistant camera: second unit
 
Editorial Department
Séverine Cava .... assistant editor
Gérard Estival .... color timer: not credited
Annick Goemaere .... negative cutter (as Anne Goemaere)
Dirk Vandewalle .... color timer
 
Other crew
Joseph Alex .... actor (as Joseph A. Moore)
Elise Bisson .... production assistant
Katrien Carton .... production assistant
Jean-Michel Gambillon .... researcher
Frédérique Larmagnac .... production assistant
Isabelle Molhant .... production coordinator
Jo Nijns .... script supervisor
Catherine Poels .... press attache
 
Thanks
Philippe Logie .... thanks
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Iceberg!" - Japan (English title) (imdb display title)
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Runtime:
USA:84 min | France:84 min | Argentina:84 min
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Remarkable quasi-silent comedy from Belgium, 11 February 2016
Author: Paul Allaer from Cincinnati

"L'Iceberg" (2005 release from Belgium; 84 min.) brings the story of a dysfunctional family. As the movie opens, an Inuktitut woman addresses us about her life (only much later do we understand why), and after that brief prologue of sorts, we get to know Fiona, a woman in her thirties. While she is closing up the fast food joint she manages, she accidentally locks herself in the walk-in freezer and spends the night. Meanwhile we see that her husband Julien, utterly aloof, doesn't even notice Fiona isn't there. When Fiona returns home the next day, she realizes that Julien and the kids didn't know she missed the night. What will Fiona do next? To tell you more would spoil your viewing experience, you'll just have to see for yourself how it all plays out.

Couple of comments: this is one remarkable movie from Belgium (where I grew up). First of all, there is hardly any dialogue in the movie. A sentence here, a word there, and that's about it. It's all about the visuals and the physical comedy. About 15 minutes into the movie, I thought to myself, "this is so Jacques Tati!". Take for example the classic bedroom scene, where Julien accidentally kicks Fiona off the bed, and then goes into a battle with the bed sheets. Wonderful scene. Also do not think that just because there is so few spoken scenes that there isn't a story line. Au contraire, the story line moves forward with significant strides throughout the movie. Interestingly, the movie is co-written and co-directed by the actors playing Fiona and Julien. This may not be everyone's cup of tea, but I found the movie to be highly original, quirky and engaging from start to finish.

I recently saw "L'Iceberg" at my local art house theater here in Cincinnati, which it was shown as part of a French Comedy Movies series brought in partnership with the local Alliance Francaise (even though this movie is not French, but who's keeping track). The one-off showing was quite well attended. I had no idea what to expect going in, but walked out of the theater with a smile on my face. If you are in the mood for a comedy that is off-center and then some, you can't go wrong with this. "L'Iceberg" is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

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