Wild Bunch - LIFE KILLS ME

Jean-Pierre Sinapi



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Status: Completed

Director(s): Jean-Pierre Sinapi

Main cast: Sami Bouajila, Jalil Lespert, Sylvie Testud

Long synopsis : Two brothers, born in France of Arab descent, their grandfather killed serving in the French army, their father a quiet, law-abiding “model immigrant. Paul Sma¯l, 27. Intelligent, highly educated, full of unexpressed anger, he spends his time reading, dreaming, boxing… His younger brother Daniel, rebellious yet fragile, a body-builder who shapes his flesh relentlessly, building his muscles, punishing his body until it kills him. Daniel and Paul carry their double culture as a burden. For them, it is impossible to be integrated into French society without deforming themselves, intellectually and physically. Paul is crazy about literature and Myriam, his “blonde princess. He lives in a slum, in a single room, and delivers pizzas while he waits. But for what? Only words can save him from his rage and self-hatred, the words of his unfinished novel, “Life Kills Me,”the book that will help him to live.


  • Sami Bouajila, Jalil Lespert, Sylvie Testud, Simon Bakinde, Roger Ib¡±ez, Teco Celio


  • Producer(s): Fabienne Servan-Schreiber
  • Director(s): Jean-Pierre Sinapi
  • Screenplay: Jack-Alain Léger, Jean-Pierre Sinapi, Daniel Tonachella
  • DP: Pierre A¯m
  • Editing: Catherine Schwartz
  • Costume Designer: Eve-Marie Arnault
  • Original Title: VIVRE ME TUE
  • Genre(s): Drama

  • Production company: CINETEVE
  • Production date: 2002
  • Language: French
  • Duration: 92 min