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A mort la mort !

Fortnight 1999, Feature film, 1h35

Synopsis

Thomas is 47 years old. He runs from the hospital to the cemetery, comforting some friends and burying others. Death is powerful adversary with a wicked imagination, wreaking havoc on his generation. Thomas’friends are dying of aids, drug overdoses and suicide. Though Thomas thinks life has dealt some cruel blows, he believes it remains a source of delightful pleasure. Thomas happily lies and deceives not only himself, but everybody else around him, earning the complicity of his wife, women in general, children, his children, friends and “comrades”, his mistresses and his ex-mistresses. Nostalgia is not his thing. Commemorations are a ridiculous farce. Friendship is the only thing that is durable. And so he fights back, using his radical though absurd warrior’s cry : “Down with death !” Can he still change the world ? Now more than ever !

Director

Romain Goupil

Romain Goupil worked as an assistant cameraman from 1970 to 1973, then as assistant director from 1974 to 1990, notably with Robert Menegoz (L’Orchestre électrique, 1974 / Paris Abadan, 1977), Nelly Kaplan (Néa, 1976), Jacques Deray (Le Gang, 1976), Coluche (Vous n’aurez pas l’Alsace et la Lorraine, 1977), Chantal Akerman (Les Rendez-vous d’Anna, 1978), Roman Polanski (Tess, 1979) and Jean-Luc Godard (Allemagne année neuf zéro, 1990). He directed his first short in 1968, then worked in cinema and television. His first feature, Mourir à trente ans won the Caméra d’Or at Cannes in 1982 and the French César as best first film.

Anne Alvaro
Brigitte Catillon
Brigitte Roüan
Christine Murillo
Dani
Dominique Frot
Marianne Denicourt
Nozha Khouadra
Romain Goupil

Screenplay
Romain Goupil

Image
William Lubtchansky

Sound
Sophie Chiabaut

Editing
Isabelle Devinck

Music
Areski Belkacem

production : Margaret Menegoz, Les Films du Losange, 22 av. Pierre 1er de Serbie, 75116 Paris, France, Tél. : 33 (0)1 44 43 87 15, Fax : 33 (0)1 49 52 06 40 France 3 Cinéma – Le Studio Canal + – CNC (Paris, France) vente à l’étranger : Le Studio Canal +, 17 rue Dumont d’Urville, 75116 Paris, France, Tél. : 33 (0)1 44 43 98 00, Fax : 33 (0)1 47 20 29 58 distribution : Les Films du Losange