Once in a Lifetime (Les Héritiers)

Feature Film | FR 2014 | 105' | Subtitled German

Chaos reigns in a local school at a social hot spot on the fringes of Paris, as religious, ethnic and social tensions provide constant trouble. But when the seemingly unsophisticated Anne Gueguen gets a class of students that have been given up by the other teachers, she nonetheless registers them for a history study competition about children and juveniles during the holocaust – and working on that subject, talking with witnesses and identifying with the stories they find, both the students and their teacher are profoundly changed. Based on true events writer, director and producer Marie-Castille Mention-Schaar crafts a highly emotional and yet truthful film that does justice not only to an unspeakable past but also to a socially complex present. In between the mainly unknown young actors veteran Ariane Ascaride really shines in the leading role of a steadfast, resolute yet understanding teacher.

Director
Marie-Castille Mention-Schaar
Script
Marie-Castille Mention-Schaar, Ahmed Dramé
Producers
Marie-Castille Mention-Schaar, Pierre Kubel
Photography
Myriam Vinocour
Editor
Benoît Quinon
Sound
Guillaume Couturier, Geraldine Falieu
Music
Pascal Mayer, Steve Bouyer
Production Design
Anne-Charlotte Vimont
Costumes
Isabelle Mathieu
Casting
Anne-Sophie Treme
Principal Cast
Ariane Ascaride, Ahmed Dramé, Noémie Merlant

International Sales

TF1 International
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France

Domestic Sales

Neue Visionen Filmverleih GmbH
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10437 Berlin
Germany

Selected filmography Marie-Castille Mention-Schaar

MA PREMIÈRE FOIS (2012), BOWLING (2012)