Cherchez Hortense

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Cherchez Hortense

Looking For Hortense

Pascal Bonitzer
F, 2011
Fiction, 100min, OmeU

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Cherchez Hortense

Pascal Bonitzer
F, 2011
Fiction, 100min, OmeU

Cast: 
Jean-Pierre Bacri
Damien
Kristin Scott Thomas
Iva
Marin Orcand Tourres
Noé
Claude Rich
Sébastien
Isabelle Carré
Aurore
Screenplay: 
Agnès de Sacy
Pascal Bonitzer
Sound: 
Philippe Richard
Camera: 
Romain Winding
Editor: 
Élise Fievet
Composer: 
Alexei Aigui
Decoration: 
Manu de Chauvigny
Costume: 
Marielle Robaut

Production: 
SBS Productions
World Sales: 
SBS Productions
Format: 
DCP
Color

Damien is a professor of Chinese civilization who lives with his wife, Iva, a theater director, and their son Noé. Their love is mired in a mountain of routine and disenchantment. To help keep Zorica from getting deported, Iva gets Damien to promise he’ll go to his father, a state department official, for help. But Damien and his father have a distant and cool relationship. And this mission is a risky business which will send Damien spiraling downward and over the edge. “The lack of understanding between father and son, pushed to the level of resentment, is indeed one of the themes in the film. There are two father-son relationships, actually, since Damien is both son and father, son of Sébastien and father to Noé. Any story where someone has trouble confronting his father or his son might be considered Freudian. But I don’t think about it in terms of psychoanalysis. I’m mainly trying to make it funny, and I hope that it is.” (Pascal Bonitzer) 

In the presence of Pascal Bonitzer.