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Le père de mes enfants
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Father of My Children -- A film producer's reserves — both financial and emotional — reach a dramatic breaking point.
Father of My Children -- A film producer struggles with suicidal despair.


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Mia Hansen-Løve (screenplay)
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16 December 2009 (Belgium) See more »
Artist. Mentor. Love of my life.
A film producer struggles with suicidal despair. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Loosely based on the life of famous French film producer Humbert Balsan (1954-2005) See more (10 total) »


  (in credits order)
Louis-Do de Lencquesaing ... Grégoire Canvel

Chiara Caselli ... Sylvia Canvel
Alice de Lencquesaing ... Clémence Canvel
Alice Gautier ... Valentine Canvel
Manelle Driss ... Billie Canvel

Eric Elmosnino ... Serge
Sandrine Dumas ... Valérie, l'assistante de production
Dominique Frot ... Bérénice, la directrice de production
Antoine Mathieu ... Frédéric, le comptable
Igor Hansen-Løve ... Arthur Malkavian
Elsa Pharaon ... Colette, la secrétaire

Olivia Ross ... Anja, la stagiaire
Jamshed Usmonov ... Kova Asimov
Cori Shim ... Ji Hong, la cinéaste coréenne
Yejin Kim ... La traductrice
Philippe Paimblanc ... Le directeur adjoint du laboratoire
Magne-Håvard Brekke ... Stig Janson (as Magne Håvard Brekke)
Eric Plouvier ... L'avocat
Michaël Abiteboul ... Le banquier
André Marcon ... L'administrateur
Valérie Lang ... Isabelle, la mèr de Moune
Guy-Patrick Sainderichin ... Le liguidateur
François Soulas ... Le gendarme
Ludovic Bergery ... Le comédien de 'Sang versé'

Manuel Schapira ... Le chef-opérateur de 'Sang versé' (as Manuel Shapira)
Raphaël Chevènement ... Le réalsateur de 'Sang versé'
Coralie Fraoua ... La réceptionniste de CinéCrédit
Joan Monnier ... L'étalonneuse
Lorenza André ... La soeur de Grégoire
Michaël Sarfati ... Le frère de Grégoire
Morgane Masselot ... Amie de Clémence 1
Bérénice Renaud ... Amie de Clémence 2
Geoffroy Canalda-Saigne ... Fils d'Isabelle
Mathieu Senocq ... Fils d'Isabelle
Arnaud Merlet ... Copain du fils d'Isabelle
David Hedrich ... Stagiaire Moon Films
Rémi Boiteux ... Stagiaire Moon Films
Romain Bno ... Stagiaire Moon Films
Alka Balbir ... Commérage
Hélène Bastide ... Commérage
David Blot ... Commérage
Yoko Lacour ... Commérage
Juliette Mallon ... Commérage
Laurent Perrin ... Commérage
Elena Butas ... Serveuse bar
Peter Von Poehl ... L'assistant de Stig (voice)
Harald Leander ... Michael, un assistant de Janson
George Binder ... Boris, un producteur russe
Georgi Staykov ... Georgi, un producteur russe
China Åhlander ... China, la conductrice suédoise
Pascal Crépault Wibe ... Un assistant suédois (as Pascal Wibe)
Anna Diehl ... Une assistante suédoise

Lyang Kim ... Femme équipe coréenne
Juncheol Kim ... Femme équipe coréenne
Yang-Hee Kim-Aumont ... Femme équipe coréenne
Heekyung Kwon ... Femme équipe coréenne
Junghyan Oh ... Femme équipe coréenne
Hyenou Seo ... Femme équipe coréenne
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Isabelle Desalos ... Serveuse

Vanessa Marillier

Directed by
Mia Hansen-Løve 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Mia Hansen-Løve  screenplay

Produced by
Rémi Burah .... co-producer
Oliver Damian .... producer
Serge Hayat .... co-producer
Philippe Martin .... producer
Florian Mole .... development executive
David Thion .... producer
Cinematography by
Pascal Auffray 
Film Editing by
Marion Monnier 
Casting by
Elsa Pharaon 
Emilie Sevestre (extras casting)
Set Decoration by
Mathieu Menut 
Costume Design by
Bethsabée Dreyfus 
Makeup Department
Raphaële Thiercelin .... key makeup artist
Production Management
Hélène Bastide .... production manager
Stéphanie Delbos .... unit production manager
Ludovic Leiba .... unit manager
China Åhlander .... production manager: Sweden
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Marie Doller .... second assistant director
Juliette Maillard .... first assistant director
Art Department
Toma Baqueni .... property master
Sound Department
Laurent Boudaud .... sound re-recording mixer
Patrick Egreteau .... foley artist
Olivier Goinard .... sound mixer
Alain Lévy .... post-synchronisation
Mehdi Marhoum El Filali .... boom operator
Clemens Nürnberger .... sound editor
Matthieu Tartamella .... sound recordist
Vincent Vatoux .... sound editor
Vincent Vatoux .... sound
Sylvain Gabet .... stunt advisor
Camera and Electrical Department
Karine Arlot .... second assistant camera
Carole Bethuel .... still photographer
Simon Blanchard .... first assistant camera
Mathieu Brémond .... chief electrician
Mathieu Brémond .... gaffer
Jaoued Dugueyt .... electrician
Chloé Fassio .... assistant camera
Stéphane Gallou .... grip
Gaston Grandin .... key grip
Casting Department
Alice Darmon .... casting assistant
Sven Hansen-Løve .... extras casting
Marie Miniconi .... casting assistant
Editorial Department
Juliette Mallon .... post-production coordinator
Mathilde Van de Moortel .... assistant editor
Location Management
China Åhlander .... location manager: Sweden
Music Department
Pascal Mayer .... music supervisor
Other crew
Elisabeth Bartels .... junior producer: Germany
Mathilde Boisgontier .... production accountant
Nadège Bournaud .... production accountant assistant
Olivier Guerpillon .... production service
David Hedrich .... production assistant
Peter Kimay .... production coordinator: Sweden
Florence Lemoine .... production adminstrator
Clémentine Schaeffer .... script supervisor
Julien Siri .... production service
Johanna Zerbib .... production secretary
China Åhlander .... production coordinator: Sweden
Humbert Balsan .... dedicatee

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Also Known As:
"Le père de mes enfants" - France (original title)
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110 min
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Vaguely based on the real story of Humbert Balsan, a film producer who committed suicide in 2005.See more »
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3 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Loosely based on the life of famous French film producer Humbert Balsan (1954-2005), 22 October 2013
Author: FilmCriticLalitRao from Paris, France

Apart from having loads of incomplete information about the lifestyles of film stars, most people also have their minds full of vague ideas about film producers as they are taken for rich businessmen. A layman doesn't think twice before believing that producers would be willing to invest in any film. Father, producer and suicide are three key words which describe the essence of Mia Hansen-Løve's film 'Father of my children'/Le Père De Mes Enfants". In the beginning, there is a doting father in this film who has immense love for his children. What is worth appreciating is the fact that despite his tight schedule, he manages to spend time with his family. From a sociological point of view, family is the most important social structure known to human beings. This is one reason why the film's protagonist takes good care of his family. He knows that he can strike a fine balance with family life and work. However, there are times when life offers new surprises. It is at this stage that one witnesses how despair,tremendous pressure drive a famous producer to commit suicide. The real worth of a human being can be measured only at the time of his/her absence. This maxim can be applied to this film's title which looks at a father who is no more from the point of view of his children and wife.

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