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Non ma fille, tu n'iras pas danser
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Making Plans for Lena (2009) More at IMDbPro »Non ma fille, tu n'iras pas danser (original title)

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Making Plans for Lena -- Recently liberated from her job and husband, Lena heads home for the holidays, hoping to enjoy at least a temporary escape from all she's gone through.
Making Plans for Lena -- As soon as she gets to the Gare Montparnasse, things start to go wrong for Lena: she loses her son Anton and just misses her train. In her bag, the baby magpie that her daughter Augustine wanted to save is slowly dying. On arriving in Brittany, she discovers that her parents and sister are plotting together for her good and have summoned her ex-husband, Nigel. She feels betrayed, humiliated and disgusted. Should she leave or stay? Send everything packing? Her limited self-confidence begins to evaporate. The ghosts of duty, social judgement and family order band together to prevent her from living, loving and thinking, from simply being herself.


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Christophe Honoré (scenario) &
Geneviève Brisac (scenario)
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Release Date:
20 August 2010 (USA) See more »
Ever since she broke up with Nigel, Lena soldiers on through life as best she can with her two kids... See more » | Add synopsis »
2 nominations See more »
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  (in credits order)

Chiara Mastroianni ... Léna

Marina Foïs ... Frédérique
Marie-Christine Barrault ... Annie

Jean-Marc Barr ... Nigel
Fred Ulysse ... Michel

Louis Garrel ... Simon
Marcial Di Fonzo Bo ... Thibault
Alice Butaud ... Elise
Julien Honoré ... Gulven
Caroline Sihol ... La fleuriste
Donatien Suner ... Anton
Lou Pasquerault ... Augustine

Jean-Baptiste Fonck ... José
Marion Wyckaert
Alexandre Varron
Kevin Le Beuvant
Catherine Birambeau ... La guide à Rome
Bernard Pellen ... Le prêtre
Christian Anneix ... Le joueur de biniou
Jean Baron ... Le joueur de bombarde
Steven Ropars ... Un prétendant de Katell
Jonathan Cloarec ... Un prétendant de Katell
Pierre-Yves Perenne ... Un prétendant de Katell
Anthony Wyckaert ... Un prétendant de Katell
Simone Pinguet ... La mère du premier prétendant
Sonia Convenant ... Frédérique enfant
Marie Convenant ... Léna enfant
Alain Raymond ... Gérard - Le patron du café
Laurent Haas ... Le médecin urgentiste

Directed by
Christophe Honoré 
Writing credits
Christophe Honoré (scenario) &
Geneviève Brisac (scenario)

Produced by
Pascal Caucheteux .... producer
Béatrice Mauduit .... executive producer
Original Music by
Alex Beaupain 
Emmanuel D'Orlando (arranger, orchestrator and co_composer with Alex Beaupain)
Cinematography by
Laurent Brunet 
Film Editing by
Chantal Hymans 
Casting by
Richard Rousseau 
Production Design by
Samuel Deshors 
Costume Design by
Pierre Canitrot 
Makeup Department
Charlotte Arguillère .... key hair stylist
Production Management
Chloé Dagonet .... assistant production manager
Edouard Decker .... assistant unit manager
Camilla Fava del Piano .... production manager: Italy
Riccardo Marchegiani .... production supervisor (segment)
Thibault Mattei .... unit production manager
Isabelle Tillou .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Yann Chemin .... third assistant director
Sylvie Peyre .... first assistant director
Guillaume Plumejeau .... second assistant director
Valérie Tristan .... additional second assistant director
Art Department
Catherine Bourgeois .... set dresser
Matthieu Scavazza .... assistant art director
Romain Scavazza .... assistant art director
Nathalie Serrière .... assistant art director
Sound Department
Laurent Cercleux .... boom operator
Edouard d'Heucqueville .... sound mix technician
Valérie Deloof .... sound editor
Guillaume Le Bras .... sound
Deborah Stauffer .... assistant sound editor
Sybille Blouin .... stunts
Daniel Vérité .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Olivier Abelé .... chief lighting technician
Sébastien Fanchault .... key grip
Mathieu Jamme .... electrician
Jean-Claude Lother .... still photographer
Emilie Monier .... assistant camera
Guillaume Quoilin .... steadicam operator
Andra Tevy .... second assistant camera
Casting Department
Julie Gouet .... casting
Agathe Hassenforder .... casting: children
Peggy Pasquerault .... casting assistant
Editorial Department
Mathilde Delacroix .... color timer
David Magalhaes .... telecine dailies colorist
Fabien Turriziani .... first assistant editor
Music Department
Loris Bernot .... pro tools technician
Peter Fuchs .... scoring mixer
Thomas Jamois .... soundtrack coordinator
Stéphane Reichart .... music mixer
Other crew
Lysiane Biagini .... location scout
Stéphane Boulay .... car preparer
Jean-Michel Bouteau .... car preparer
Jean-Jacques Domingues .... car preparer
Pierre-Axel Vuillaume-Prézeau .... production assistant

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Also Known As:
"Non ma fille, tu n'iras pas danser" - France (original title)
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105 min
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7 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
Terrible Film, 26 March 2010
Author: rodolphefleury from london, United Kingdom

I always admired Christophe Honoré's films, but Ma Mere (but I cannot watch film about incest, it makes me sick)

but this was dreadful, the acting is strong, the camera work and cinematography are amazing, it's admiringly shot but the story is awful

I understand being a single mum is difficult and your family can be a burden, but 100 minutes of hysterical ramblings does not make a film. I don't care about plots but this film perhaps needed one. This film lasts 100 minutes but feels like 3 hours of sheer torture. Most of the scenes are meaningless and doesn't serve the film. The dialogues sometimes feel like they've been written by a 12 years old Pete Doherty fan.

There's too many things cramped into one film, and it needed to be more simple, to have less dialogues, concentrate on fewest characters. The film despite some great locations was overlong and bored me to death when it didn't' irritate me. I don't think it was mature at all. It just didn't work at all. The film is a mess.

My message to Christophe Honoré; Less is More.

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