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by Jaco van Dormael


Thomas and Alfred were born around the same time; a fire in the nursery had nurses scrambling to save the newborns. Because he felt that he deserved Alfred's good fortune at being born into a wealthy family, Thomas conceives the idea that he and Alfred were switched at birth, and he can't help seeing that his unhappiness should be Alfred's, from the loss of his sister to his inability to have a relationship with the woman Evelyne. So, as his life is ending, he formulates a plan of revenge against his bitter enemy, his lifetime adversary, the man who stole his existence.

original title: Toto le héros
country: Belgium, France, Germany
year: 1991
genre: fiction
directed by: Jaco van Dormael
film run: 91'
screenplay: Didier De Neck, Pascal Lonhay, Jaco van Dormael, Laurette Vankeerberghen
cast: Michel Bouquet, Mireille Perrier, Jo De Backer
cinematography by: Walther van den Ende
film editing: Susana Rossberg
art director: Hubert Pouille
costumes designer: An D'Huys, Anne Van Brée
producer: Dany Geys, Luciano Gloor
co-producer: Philippe Dussart
executive producer: Pierre Drouot
associate producer: Marcia Falkenberg-Lerner
line producer: Michael Schwarz
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