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by Rithy Panh


Only a dam against the sea tides can save the rice-fields owned by the indomitable woman of property, a living symbol of the now-defunct French colonial society in Indochina, and a strict mother who battles against her two children’s dreams of emancipation. When the rich Chinaman Monsieur Jo falls in love with teenage Suzanne, the mother must decide her fate, as well as that of her land.

international title: The Sea Wall
original title: Un barrage contre le Pacifique
country: France, Belgium
sales agent: Playtime
year: 2008
genre: fiction
directed by: Rithy Panh
film run: 115'
release date: FR 07/01/2009, BE 11/02/2009
screenplay: Michel Fessler, Rithy Panh
cast: Isabelle Huppert, Gaspard Ulliel, Astrid Bergès-Frisbey, Lucy Harrison, Vincent Grass
cinematography by: Pierre Milon
film editing: Marie-Christine Rougerie
art director: Yan Arlaud
costumes designer: Edith Vesperini
music: Marc Marder
producer: Catherine Dussart, Cati Couteau
production: CDP - Catherine Dussart Productions, Studio 37, France 3 Cinéma, Scope Pictures (BE), Canal +, Cinécinema, Centre National de la Cinématographie (CNC), Bophana Production
backing: La Banque Postale Image, Films Dostribution, Soficinema 4, Tax Shelter, Programme MEDIA
distributor: Diaphana Distribution, Cinéart (BE)
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