Archive of films A Loving Father / Aime ton pere

France / Canada / United Kingdom / Switzerland
2002, 100 min

Section: Variety Critics’ Choice: Europe Now!
Year: 2003

Offbeat father-son drama starring Depardieu pere et fils and set during a
trans-Euro road odyssey. 


A famous writer and his son work out their troubled relationship during a trans-Euro odyssey in A Loving Father, a substantial sophomore pic by Swiss helmer Jacob Berger in which Depardieu pére et fils go the full 15 rounds. Marbled with unreal touches, and never degenerating into either a screamfest or sentimental drama, what could have been a by-the-numbers father-son drama becomes a kind of emotional thriller, and the sense of dislocation from reality is heightened by Berger´s direction, speckled with offbeat touches and humor. More than once, the pic plays like a twisted version of Ingmar Bergman´s ´50s classic, Wild Strawberries, also centered on a distinguished personality recalling his youth and shortcomings as he journeys to accept an award.
Derek Elley 


Vega Film AG
Seefeldstrasse 115, CH - 8034, Zürich
Tel: +41 1 384 8090
Fax: +41 1 384 8099

France Télévision Distribution
"Le Barjac" 1, Blvd. Victor, 75015, Paris
Tel: +33 1 562 290 00, +33 1 562 290 70
Fax: +33 1 562 290 84

SPI International Czech Republic
Branicka 1950/209, 140 00, Praha 4
Czech Republic
Tel: +420 261 216 318
Fax: +420 261 221 375

About the film

Color, 35 mm

Section: Variety Critics’ Choice: Europe Now!
Director: Jacob Berger
Screenplay: Jacob Berger, Ed Radtke, Pascal Barollier
Dir. of Photography: Pascal Marti
Music: Jean-Claude Petit
Editor: Cathy Chamorey
Producer: Jean-Pierre Guérin, Gérard Depardieu, Patrick Bordier
Production: GMT Productions, koprodukce / co-production: DD Productions, France 3 Cinema, Rhone-Alpes Cinema (France), Transfilm (Canada), Spice Factory, Great British Films, Enterprise Films (U.K.), Vega Film AG
Cast: Gérard Depardieu, Guillaume Depardieu, Sylvie Testud, Julien Boisselier, Noemie Kocher, Hiam Abbass, Frédéric Polier
Contact: Vega Film AG, France Télévision Distribution, SPI International Czech Republic


Jacob Berger

Francine Brücher


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