A film by Frédéric Balekdjian


Paris, the textile workshop district. Christmas is drawing near, and Vahé Krikorian's life is falling apart. He works in a shop that belongs to his father, but it is soon to close down - too many debts and unpaid bills. Lu Ann, the woman he loves, has walked out on him. And he knows that the three-card trick con that he does with Sahak and Sahak's brother, Toros, will not get him very far. Yuen, Lu Ann's brother, comes to France as an illegal immigrant but refuses to work for the network that got him into the country without realising how dangerous this might be. Vahé takes to him and decides to help him. Little by little a bond is forged between the two men - Vahé's loyalty to his old pals is put to the test and he turns against his own gang. Even though life seems to be back to normal something in Vahé has snapped. Something beyond his control. Beyond repair...


Vahé : Pascal Elbé
Sahak : Simon Abkarian
Toros : Isaac Sharry
Lu Ann : Linh Dan Pham
Yuen : Teng Fei Xiang
Pei Pei : Yun Hong Perrotin
Yin : Liney Zhao
Anouche : Astrid Condis y Troyano
Le gamin à la barbiche : Guillaume Gouix
Gérard: Richard Taxy
Hagop: Gérald Papasian
Feng : Heng Wan
Zelco : Philippe Fretun
Felipe : Philippe Suner
Nico : Mapiwha Juliard
Souza : Adrien Saint Jore


Director: Frédéric Balekdjian
Screenplay and dialogues : Frédéric Balekdjian
1st assistant director : Christophe Marillier
Casting : Elsa Pharaon, Nicolas Ronchi , A.R.D.A.
Director of photography : Pierre Milon, A.F.C.
Sound engineer : Ludovic Hénault
Sound editing : Benoît Hillebrant
Sound mixing : Olivier Dô Hùu
Costume designer : Nathalie Raoul
Costumer : Caroline Tavernier
Set decorator : Catherine Keller
Editing : Mike Fromentin
Assistant editor : Gilda Fine
Post-production directors : Jacqueline Duthilleul, Valérie Farthouat
Production manager : Nadia Belali
Line producer : Laurent Champoussin
Executive producer : Fabienne Vonier

Production information

Thanks to the Pierre Ducerf Franco-Chinese association
A Pyramide Productions / France 3 Cinéma co-production with the support of Région Ile-de-France and Procirep, with the participation of Canal + / Ciné Cinéma and the Centre National de la Cinématographie
Theatrical distribution : Pyramide
International sales : Pyramide International

Technical information

Year of production : 2005
Length : 85 mn

Festivals and awards

Official Selection Berlin Film Festival 2005 - Panorama : Manfred Salzgeber Award
Official Selection Cognac Film Festival 2005 : "Sang Neuf" Prize


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