Archive of films Bélier Family / La famille Bélier
France / Belgium
2014, 101 min
Section: People Next Door
Paula is sixteen, she helps her family on the farm, and she goes to school, where she has her eye on a boy she fancies; and, while it wasn’t really her plan, she finds herself singing in the school choir. Except that her life is somewhat unusual: her family is hearing-impaired. A superbly cast coming-of-age story, in which deafness is the least of everyone’s problems. The film went on to provide the inspiration for the American, Oscar-winning CODA.
Paula is sixteen, she helps her family on the farm, and she goes to school, where she has her eye on a boy she fancies. However, her life is somewhat unusual. Her parents and brother are all hearing-impaired, thus the family unit functions in a symbiosis, in which Paula is literally the voice of the family and its interpreter as well. One day she unintentionally becomes a member of the school choir and the choirmaster discovers she is exceptionally talented, something her parents, for obvious reasons, find difficult to understand… The Bélier Family is a superbly cast and touching coming-of-age story, in which deafness is the least of everyone’s problems. A huge hit with audiences, the film went on to provide the inspiration for the American, Oscar-winning CODA.
About the director
Eric Lartigau (1964, France). Selected filmography: Bullit and Riper (Mais qui a tué Pamela Rose?, 2003), I Do: How to Get Married and Stay Single (Prête-moi ta main, 2006), A Ticket to Space (Un ticket pour l'espace, 2006), The Big Picture (L'Homme qui voulait vivre sa vie, 2010), The Players (Les Infidèles, 2012), The Bélier Family (La famille Bélier, 2014).
About the film
|Section:||People Next Door|
|Screenplay:||Victoria Bedos, Stanislas Carré de Malberg|
|Dir. of Photography:||Romain Winding|
|Music:||Evgueni Galperine, Sacha Galperine|
|Sound:||Cyril Moisson, Fred Demolder, Dominique Gaborieau|
|Art Director:||Jean-Jacques Albert|
|Producer:||Eric Jehelmann, Philippe Rousselet, Stéphanie Berman|
|Coproduction:||Jerico, France 2 Cinema, Quarante 12 Films, Vendome Production, Nexus Factory, Umedia|
|Cast:||Karin Viard, François Damiens, Eric Elmosnino, Louane Emera, Roxane Duran|
|Sales:||SND (Groupe M6)|
|Distributor:||Film Europe s.r.o.|