30.09. - 09.10.2021

Strange Gardens France 2002 | 95 min | OV | | FF 2003

Jean Becker

Jean Becker (*1938)started as assistant to his father, directorJacques Becker. He worked with Julien Duvivierand Henri Verneuil and made three films withJean-Paul Belmondo in the sixties.

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Lucien’s (Damien Jouillerot) adolescent problems with his father (Jacques Villeret) are cast in a new light when his father’s best friend (André Dussollier) tells him the story of how he and his father were faced with being executed when caught in a German dug-out during World War II. As the hour of their execution draws nearer, a German soldier entertains them and helps them forget their predicament. Based on the bestseller by Michael Quint, about his ownfather’s recollections of his wartime encounter with a German who was a clown before the war. The man was in fact Bernhard Wicki, later to become a film director of renown.
Original title: Effroyables jardins
Film type: Fiction Feature
Original language: French
Language and subtitles: OV
Director: Jean Becker
Screenplay: Jean Cosmos, Giullaume Laurent
Cast: Jacques Villeret, André Dussollier, Thierry Lhermitte, Benoît Magimel
Producer: Louis Becker
Director of Photography: Jean-Maire Dreujou
Music: Zbigniew Preisner
Production Design: Therese Ripaud, Bruno Margery
Editor: Jacques Witta
Sound: 0
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Format: 35 mm
German Distributor:
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