Distant Neighbourhood

Distant Neighbourhood

35mm – colour – Dolby SRD
German release: 02.05.2010

A Belgian-Luxembourgish-French-German Co-production between ENTRE CHIEN ET LOUP, SAMSA FILM, ARCHIPEL 35 and PALLAS FILM

supported by:
Ministry of the French Community of Belgium, RTBF, Wallimage, Eurimages (Council of Europe), Canal+, CineCinéma, National Found for the Support to Audio-visual Production (Luxembourg) Rhône-Alpes Cinéma, Banque Populaire Image 10, Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung (MDM), Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg (MBB)

German distributor: X-Verleih

World sales: WILD BUNCH

Authors: Philippe Blasband, Jérôme Tonnerre, Sam Garbarski

Director: Sam Garbarski

Producers: Diana Elbaum, Jani Thiltges, Denis Freyd , Thanassis Karathanos

Can you change your past by reliving it? …
A life is made up of memories. But regrets also. To our parents, our childhood friends, to all those who are no longer here, we’d like to be able to say what wasn’t said, to do for them and with them what we didn’t do before…
He’s in his fifties, married, and a father. The unbearable boredom of his existence weighs on him. On his way home from a business trip in the provinces, he gets on the wrong train and goes the wrong direction. The next stop is none other than the town he spent his childhood and adolescence in. He hasn’t been back there for a long time. He takes advantage of this unplanned detour to visit his mother’s grave. He thinks of her, of his father who disappeared forty years earlier on the evening of his birthday, never contacting them again. Feeling dizzy, he faints. When he regains consciousness, he discovers that his mother’s name is no longer on the headstone. He realizes that he is in the body of an adolescent boy, himself at fourteen, but with the mind and experience of his adult self. Around him, things have changed. He’s still in the town where he was born, but it’s now 1967. Precisely the year that his father abandoned them. He wonders if he is dreaming or if he has traveled back through time. Trapped by his adolescent appearance, he has no other choice than to go home and see his parents, his little sister and his dog once again. He also has to go back to school, where he sees his friends, his teachers, the young girl he was once secretly in love with at the. But from the start, he’s noticed an essential difference between this childhood and his precedent one: his father is still there, he hasn’t abandoned them. Or at least, not yet. Could the reason for this return to the past be that he has to stop this foretold disappearance? But can you change your past by reliving it? …

Actor / Actress Role
Leo Legrand Thomas (child)
Pascal Grégory Thomas (adult)
Jonathan Zaccai Father Bruno
Alexandra Maria Lara Mother Anna
Laura Moisson Sister Corinne
Pierre-Louis Bellet Friend Rousseau
Laura Martin Friend Sylvie


Director: Sam Garbarski

Author: Jérôme Tonnerre, Sam Garbarski, Philippe Blasband
(nach der Vorlage “Harukana Machi-E” von Jiro Taniguchi)

Producer: Diana Elbaum, Denis Freyd, Jani Thiltges, Thanassis Karathanos, Karl Baumgartner, Sébastien Delloye

DOP: Jeanne Lapoirie, A.F.C.

Original music: AIR

Sound: Carlo Thoss, Pia Dumont, Thomas Gauder

Set design: Véronique Sacrez

Costum: Anais Romand

Editing: Ludo Troch