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El Hadj is studying in Paris. He is one of the young Senegalese men who have come to Paris since the French colony became independent to get a good education so that he can serve his... See more »

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Djolof Mbengue ...
El Hadj Diop
Delphine Zingg ...
Myriam Bechet
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Khalid
Théophile Sowié ...
Demba (as Théophile Moussa Sowié)
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Chérif
Albert Mendy ...
Oumar
Thierno Ndiaye Doss ...
Le père (as Thierno Ndiaye)
Oumar N'Diaye ...
Papis
Louis Beyler ...
Teacher
Joséphine Mboub ...
Awa
Seybani Sougou ...
Jean
Gérard Tallet ...
Doctor
Eric Franquelin ...
Judge
Sylvia Wels ...
Lawyer
Alioune Ndiaye ...
El Hadj as a child
Bruno Lapassatet ...
Tramp
Marie-Louise Mendy ...
El Hadj's mother
Francois-Noel Bing ...
Policeman
Odile Goudabiaby ...
Papis' mother
Géry Bouchez ...
Portuguese student
Guy Garçon ...
Man at bar
Jean-Pierre Gérardin ...
Bar owner
Axel Kiener ...
Swedish student
Mohamed Remani ...
Retired worker
Abdelraman Latrache ...
Consulate employee
Philippe Sessi ...
Lottery winner
Abdoulaye Dia ...
Marabout
Abalye Diouf ...
Primary school teacher
Laurence Frémont ...
Married woman
Jean-Michel Page ...
Policeman on street
Anna Mendy ...
Little girl on bus
Emile Abossolo M'bo ...
Guest artist
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Patience Dia ...
Astou
Momar N'Diaye ...
Acteur de théâtre (as Talla Ndiaye)
Guillaume Viry

Directed by

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Alain Gomis

Written by

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Xavier Christiaens ... (adaptation)
 
Xavier Christiaens ... (dialogue)
 
Alain Gomis ... ()
 
Pierre Schoeller ... (adaptation)
 
Pierre Schoeller ... (dialogue)
 
Nathalie Stragier ... (adaptation)
 
Nathalie Stragier ... (dialogue)
 
Marc Wels ... (adaptation)
 
Marc Wels ... (dialogue)

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Anne-Cécile Berthomeau ... producer
Eric Idriss Kanango ... executive producer
Edouard Mauriat ... producer

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Patrice Gomis

Cinematography by

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Pierre Stoeber

Film Editing by

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Fabrice Rouaud

Editorial Department

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Jean-Maxime Cointreau ... color timer

Casting By

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Philippe Martin

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Philippe Barthelémy

Costume Design by

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Claire Chanat

Makeup Department

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Céline Colinet ... makeup artist

Production Management

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Yorick Bettaver ... unit production manager
Sabrina Massen ... unit manager

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Baptiste Aubrée ... assistant director
Valérie Osouf ... assistant director: Dakar
Ivan Rousseau ... first assistant director
Laure Roussel ... assistant director

Sound Department

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Fabrice Conesa ... sound mixer (as Fabrice Conesa Alcolea)
Erwan Kerzanet ... sound
Vincent Milner ... sound effects editor
Raphael Sohier ... sound editor

Camera and Electrical Department

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Sara Cornu ... first assistant camera
Kareem La Vaullée ... Steadicam operator
Guillaume Payen ... electrician

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Sophie Audier ... script supervisor

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Plot Summary

El Hadj is studying in Paris. He is one of the young Senegalese men who have come to Paris since the French colony became independent to get a good education so that he can serve his fatherland on his return. Unexpectedly he is suddenly confronted by a problem with his residence papers, just because he has arranged an extension too late. His pleasant life filled with good prospects has gone in one fell swoop. He faces a dilemma. He can stay illegally in France, the country where he feels at home, where he has his friends, has fallen in love and can drink water from the tap. Or he can return (without graduating) to the 3rd-world country of Senegal to use the knowledge he has acquired. It is not only a practical choice. It comes down to the question of who he is, who he thought he could be. Gomis' impressive feature début looks at the theme of uprooting both on an existential and emotional level. The everyday confrontation with a different culture makes an apparently simple project difficult and chaotic. Gomis: 'Exile means distancing oneself: abroad you are confronted with yourself. Who are we and which of our thoughts can resist the obtrusiveness of the other world? Probably only that which is really our own essence.' Written by Anonymous

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Also Known As
  • As a Man (United States)
  • San andras (Greece)
Runtime
  • 90 min
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Budget FRF8,000,000 (estimated)

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