I, Pierre Rivière Having Slaughtered My Mother, My Sister And My Brother

by René Allio 2h10min France 1975
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This movie has never ceased to be on my mind. It is a work of fiction that also takes much from documentary. And it is a new way to treat history in a movie.

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I, Pierre Rivière Having Slaughtered My Mother, My Sister And My Brother
by René Allio

Based on documents compiled by leading French philosopher Michel Foucault, this unique and original film charts the gruesome events which took place in a Normandy village in 1835, when a young man, Pierre Rivière, murdered his mother, sister and brother before fleeing to the countryside. With a cast made up of real-life villagers from the area where the events took place, the detailed re-enactments and careful attention to the gestures of their ancestors serve to create an intense and sometimes disturbing atmosphere of hyper-realism. Details of the crime and of the trial that followed are told from varied perspectives, including the written confession of Pierre himself, and form a rich and complex narrative that interrogates the concepts of "truth" and "history".

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  • Claude Hébert : Pierre Rivière
  • Jacqueline Milliere : la mère
  • Joseph Leportier : le père
  • Annick Gehan : Aimée
  • And with: Antoine Bourseiller, Nicole Gehan, Gilbert Peschet, Emilie Lihou, Michel Amphoux, Jacques Debary, Chilpéric de Boiscuillé, Léon Jeangirard, Robert Decaen, Marthe Groussard


  • Director René Allio
  • Scenario René Allio, Pascal Bonitzer, Jean Jourdheuil, Serge Toubiana
  • Photo director Nurith Aviv
  • Set Design François Vantrou, Françoise Darne, Denis Fruchaud
  • Costume Design Christine Laurent
  • Sound Patrice Noïa, Pierre Gamet
  • Editing Sylvie Blanc, Marie-Hélène Quinton
  • Producer René Féret
  • Production Compagny Institut National de l'Audiovisuel, Les Films Arquebuse, Polsim productions, Société Française De Production (SFP)
  • Distributor LMC

Technical information

  • Printed film format16 mm
  • Original sound mixMono
  • Production1975
  • Release date for France10/27/1976
  • CategoryFeature film
  • ColorColors
  • LanguageFrench
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