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Release Date:
25 August 2010 (France) See more »
An alcoholic writer is visited by an incarnation of his cancer. | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Jean Dujardin ... Charles Faulque

Albert Dupontel ... Le cancer de Charles
Anne Alvaro ... Louisa
Myriam Boyer ... Le cancer de Louisa

Christa Théret ... Evguenia

Audrey Dana ... Carole Faulque
Emile Berling ... Stanislas Faulque
Eric Prat ... Le médecin
Farida Rahouadj ... L'agent immobilier

Jean Dell ... Le cancérologue
Baptiste Roussillon ... Loubard 1
Damien Bonnard ... Loubard 2
Laurent Desponds ... Le photographe
Avy Marciano ... Homme jeune couple visiteurs

Clémence Thioly ... Femme jeune couple visiteurs
Geneviève Mnich ... La mère d'Evguenia
Yvon Crenn ... Le chauffeur de taxi
Luis Santiago ... Musicien tzigane
Ricardo Santiago ... Musicien tzigane
Antonio Cortel ... Musicien tzigane
Pepe Linares ... Musicien tzigane

Directed by
Bertrand Blier 
Writing credits
Bertrand Blier (written by)

Produced by
Catherine Bozorgan .... producer
Christine Gozlan .... producer
David Poirot-Gozlan .... producer (as David Poirot)
Cinematography by
François Catonné 
Film Editing by
Marion Monestier 
Set Decoration by
Sylvie Salmon 
Costume Design by
Jacqueline Bouchard 
Production Management
Varujan Gumusel .... post-production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Hubert Engammare .... first assistant director
Stéphane Manaranche .... second assistant director
Art Department
Julien Durguel .... props buyer
Cédric Maserati .... props
Sound Department
Emmanuel Croset .... sound re-recording mixer
Geraldine Falieu .... sound sync
Pierre Gamet .... sound recordist
Cyrille Lauwerier .... sound re-recording mixer
Marion Lorthioir .... post-synchronization
Pierre Martens .... sound effects editor
Michel Monier .... sound consultant: dolby
Pierre Picq .... boom operator
Hubert Teissedre .... foley engineer
Visual Effects by
Alain Bignet .... digital compositor
Alain Carsoux .... visual effects director
Florian Chauvet .... visual effects coordinator
Ana Cojanu .... visual effects editor
Bertrand de Saint Seine .... titles and credits
Séverine De Wever .... visual effects producer
Stephane Dittoo .... digital effects
Celine Goriot .... assistant visual effects coordinator
Aurélien Grand .... retouch and restoration
Pacini Kevin .... visual effects editor
Guillaume Le Gouez .... digital compositor
Fredrik Monteil .... digital compositor
Joel Pinto .... digital compositor
Laurent Ripoll .... visual effects editor
Christian Simon .... digital compositor
Camera and Electrical Department
Alessandro Brambilla .... steadicam operator
Philippe Canu .... grip
Lorenzo Donati .... steadicam operator
Raphaël Dougé .... second assistant camera
Alexandre Léglise .... focus puller
Valentin Monge .... steadicam operator
Luc Roux .... still photographer
Thierry Valletoux .... still photographer
Editorial Department
Arnaud Caréo .... on-line editor
Xavier Desjours .... dailies color grader
Natacha Louis .... colorist
Frederique Veillard .... assistant editor
Music Department
Valérie Lindon .... music supervisor
Other crew
Frédéric Cauvy .... weapons armorer
Florent Durand .... assistant location manager
Charlotte Frances .... production coordinator
Laure Montagnol .... making-of sound mixer
Pierre Selinger .... production attorney
Fabrice Touze .... production administrator
Bassam Nessim .... special thanks (as Sam Mounier)

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Le bruit des glaçons" - France (original title)
"The Sound of Ice Cubes" - International (English title) (informal literal title)
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France:87 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
France:U | Germany:12 | Switzerland:14 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:14 (canton of Vaud)


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2 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Old-school French film about a disturbing subject, 30 March 2013
Author: lazarillo from Denver, Colorado and Santiago, Chile

This is an old-school Fremch movie by old-school French director Bertrand Blier. The story is about an alcoholic writer (Jean Dujardin) who lives in an isolated luxury villa in what I'd guess is the South of France. Today there are probably very few writers, alcoholic or otherwise, who could ever afford such a villa (unless, of course, they are screenwriters who write bad Hollywood rom-coms), but a lot of this film is kind of anachronistic. The central conceit involves an unexpected, very annoying visitor who shows up at the villa and represents the lead character's brain tumor. The visitor, like a tumor, eventually takes over the protagonist's life.

This movie is very talky and cerebral, not only compared to Hollywood movies, but even compared to more modern-day French ones. It doesn't have the usual car chases or explosions, but French movies have a tradition of being made for mature adults--obviously, there are plenty of movies made for the 14-25-year-old demographic if that's what you want, but it's not really what anyone should expect from a director like Blier. The cancer as an intruding human visitor conceit might be a little hard to swallow , but it does capture both the tragedy and absurdity of a disease that comes along suddenly and strikes down mature adults while they're still in their prime.

I'm also not sure the cancer is the only symbolism here. The writer is alone in his villa except for a few servants and his very young, strangely silent mistress (Christa Theret), who does little more than swim around the pool in a butt-hugging one-piece bathing suit, strip out of said bathing suit while the man and his tumor look on, and then later ride the protagonist in a sex scene while his cancer lies beside him and distracts him. I kind of of got the idea Theret's character wasn't any more real then the guy playing the brain tumor, but regardless, SHE certainly would have some appeal to the 14-25 demographic (having only recently starred in the French teen film "LOL")as well as being a fantasy figure for middle-age men (ennui-filled older men with much, much younger mistresses IS definitely an element of old-school French film--see Blier's most famous film "Beau Pere" for example).

One film this kind of reminds me is the Bernard Rose indie film "Ivan's Ecstasy", which was also about a middle-age man in his prime wasting away from cancer. But that film was more flat-out depressing while this film goes for absurdist black comedy (and is a lot easier to watch). Of course, it's always much easier to make films about youth and love than lost youth and death, but the latter is a big part of life as well. I'm glad there are still a few films around that aren't afraid to tackle something like this.

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