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Director:
Writers:
Agnès de Sacy (scenario) (adaptation) (dialogue) &
Pascal Bonitzer (scenario) (adaptation) (dialogue)
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Release Date:
5 September 2012 (Belgium) See more »
Genre:
Plot:
A wife pressures her husband to solicit work papers from his civil servant father. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
2 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Going to pieces See more (7 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Jean-Pierre Bacri ... Damien Hauer

Kristin Scott Thomas ... Iva Delusi

Isabelle Carré ... Aurore
Marin Orcand Tourrès ... Noé Hauer

Claude Rich ... Sébastien Hauer
Arthur Igual ... Antoine
Jackie Berroyer ... Lobatch
Jérôme Beaujour ... Campuche
Philippe Duclos ... Henri Hortense

Benoît Jacquot ... Kevadian
Masahiro Kashiwagi ... Satoshi - le serveur japonais
Iliana Lolitch ... Véra - la femme de Marco (as Iliana Lolic)

Francis Leplay ... Marco - le frère d'Iva
Joséphine Derenne ... Blandine Hauer
Agathe Bonitzer ... Laetitia
Francis Veron ... Le deuxième policier

Georges Martin-Censier ... Le PDG
Stanislas Stanic ... Marek
Jean-Laurent Bourel ... Le chef de rang du restaurant La Sirène
Angeli Hucher de Barros ... Le chauffeur de taxi débutant

Directed by
Pascal Bonitzer 
 
Writing credits
Agnès de Sacy (scenario) (adaptation) (dialogue) &
Pascal Bonitzer (scenario) (adaptation) (dialogue)

Produced by
Saïd Ben Saïd .... producer
Sarah Borch-Jacobsen .... assistant producer
Kevin Chneiweiss .... assistant producer
 
Original Music by
Aleksey Aygi  (as Alexeï Aïgui)
 
Cinematography by
Romain Winding 
 
Film Editing by
Elise Fievet 
 
Casting by
Antoinette Boulat 
 
Production Design by
Emmanuel de Chauvigny  (as Manu de Chauvigny)
 
Makeup Department
Virginie Duranteau .... chief hair stylist
Judith Gayo .... chief makeup artist
Maureen Kaluszyner .... additional makeup artist
Nicolas Le Scour .... additional hair stylist
Anne Moralis .... wig maker
 
Production Management
Nicolas Estampe .... unit manager trainee
Abraham Goldblat .... post-production supervisor
Olivier Hélie .... production manager
Damien Martinière .... assistant unit manager
Damien Martinière .... production manager
Clémence Névot .... assistant production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Marie Aubert .... second assistant director
Laure Chichmanov .... third assistant director
Juliette Maillard .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Yves-Vincent Carré .... chief painter
Denis Cavalli .... chief painter
Noelie Charles .... art trainee (as Noélie Charles)
Pascal Courtinel .... patina painter
Victor de Chauvigny .... ripper
Marie Delfau .... assistant art director
Jacq Fred .... props
Loïc Guyon .... ripper
Frédéric Jacq .... set props
Thomas Pitre .... first assistant art director
Bernon Sebastien .... chief carpenter
 
Sound Department
Damien Boitel .... assistant sound editor
Julien Chabbert .... sound mix technician
Olivier Dô Hùu .... sound re-recording mixer
Johann Gretke .... second sound assistant
Gérard Hardy .... sound editor
Josselin Panchout .... boom operator
Philippe Richard .... production sound mixer
 
Visual Effects by
Olivier Debert .... digital effects artist
Laurie Kotfila .... i/o vfx support
Marc Latil .... digital artist
Frederic Moreau .... visual effects designer
Sarah Moreau .... visual effects producer
 
Stunts
Rémi Canaple .... stunts (as Rémy Canaple)
Antonio Cides .... stunts
Christophe Tolazzi .... stunts (as Cristophe Tolozzi)
Rémi Canaple .... stunt coordinator (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Malik Brahimi .... first assistant camera
Antoine Debove .... additional electrician
Thierry Debove .... chief electrician
Bruno Dransart .... additional grip
Guy Ferrandis .... still photographer
François Gallou .... additional electrician
Nicolas Hélie .... electrician
Eric Jalageas .... grip (as Éric Jalageas)
Julien Marc .... additional grip
Maxime Massard .... electrician
Guillaume Payen .... additional electrician
Jan Rubens .... steadicam operator
Nicolas Réa .... second assistant camera
Lilla Smoluch .... video assist
Léo Stritt .... chief grip
 
Casting Department
Patricia Guyotte .... casting
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Virginie de Kinkelin .... costumer
Joana George-Rossi .... dresser (as Joanna Georges Rossi)
Marielle Robaut .... costumer
 
Editorial Department
Ana Antunes .... post-production assistant
Jean-Baptiste Combette .... digital dailies manager
Charles Fréville .... colorist
Fabien Napoli .... colorist: dailies
 
Music Department
Elise Luguern .... music supervisor
 
Other crew
Julie Belthoise .... location manager
Christelle Bladinières .... assistant location manager
Alexis Delage-Toriel .... press attache
Marie Guillon .... administratrice de production
Annelise Landureau .... press attache: France
Damien Martinière .... location assistant
Michèle Massé .... location scout
Maud Mischi .... legal counsel
Clémence Névot .... production secretary
Clémentine Schaeffer .... script supervisor
Marilou Signolet .... location assistant
 
Thanks
Monica Coleman .... we especially thank
Isabelle de La Patellière .... thanks
Didier Dekeyser .... thanks
Christophe Devys .... we especially thank
Didier Diaz .... thanks
Olivier Duval .... thanks
Laurent Grégoire .... thanks
François Kohler .... we especially thank
Philippe Le Guay .... we especially thank
Constance Rivière .... we especially thank
Jean-Marc Sauvé .... we especially thank
André Téchiné .... we especially thank
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Cherchez Hortense" - France (original title)
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Runtime:
100 min
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Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Certification:
France:U | Netherlands:AL | Switzerland:10 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:10 (canton of Vaud)

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Swiss censorship certificate # 1009.140See more »

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Going to pieces, 5 March 2015
Author: robert-temple-1 from United Kingdom

The first thing that needs to be said about this film is that the Hortense of the title is not a woman or a girl. Hortense is the surname of a high official in the French Government, named Henri Hortense. The French title is CHERCHEZ HORTENSE, and the translation LOOKING FOR HORTENSE gives a wrong impression, and also fails to convey the urgency of the French title, since 'look for' is passive whereas 'search for' is more accurate. The film stars Jean-Pierre Bacri, who looks rumpled, worried, unshaven and at his wits' end for most of the film, although this is intentional. His wife is played by Kristin Scott Thomas, brilliant as usual, but this time looking haggard, distracted, unkempt, and hopeless, which is also intentional. The other lead role is played by Isabelle Carré, as the young Croatian immigrant named Zorica. Scott Thomas is having a serious mid-life crisis and behaving irrationally, and is in the grip of a manic addiction to tobacco which is so extreme that everyone in the film criticises her for it, and when she cannot find her cigarettes and is desperate for a fag, she cannot focus on any other comments or subject, but is wholly obsessed with the need for a smoke. She allows her marriage to go to pieces without appearing to have the slightest rational grip on reality anymore. She has a disgusting brother, with an even more disgusting girlfriend, who when visiting slip into the bathroom to have a quickie and emerge with satisfied grins on their faces and their hands still all over each other. Seriously sleazy. The film is a savage satirical critique of French officialdom, and of modern French life, frankly. The film is directed by Pascal Bonitzer, who in 2003 made another film about a mid-life crisis entitled SMALL CUTS (PETITES COUPURES), in which Kristin Scott Thomas also appeared. Apart from Scott Thomas, the most brilliant performance in this film is undoubtedly by Claude Rich, as Bacri's father. How does he do it? One's jaws drop as he drolls out his outrageous lines, such as: 'Am I homosexual if I sleep with men?' He is a senior judge and is the quintessence of hauteur. One of my favourite French actors, Philippe Duclos, plays a magnificent cameo as the high official Hortense, dripping with icy politeness and hypocrisy. Duclos is familiar as the lean and harried hater of official corruption, 'Monsieur Juge', to those like myself who are admirers of the police series SPIRAL (ENGRENAGES, which could creatively be translated 'all tied up in knots', 2005 onwards, see my review). Much of the pointed satire in this film is likely to be lost on people who are unaware of how corrupt France is. The story is a rambling one, without much in the way of structure. It more or less concerns the plight of Zorica who is about to be thrown out of the country for lacking a visa. As the characters in this film all go to pieces, they seem to tie themselves up in knots to an increasing degree at the same time. In other words, while unravelling, they also ravel. Think of it as Tesla's alternating current.

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