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by Thomas Ngijol, Fabrice Eboué, Lionel Steketee


Half-brothers Joël and Régis have nothing in common but their father, who they barely know. Joël is unemployed and lacks initiative. France, a "racist country" according to him, is the cause of all his woes and being black is his constant excuse not to look for work or even pay for his bus ticket. Régis is his totally integrated side. He is so well integrated, in fact, that he denies his black half and can't stand people referring to his origins. If you believed in what he says, you'd think crime and immigration go hand in hand. Called to their dying father's beside in the West Indies, all they receive for inheritance is the certificate declaring the freedom granted to their slave ancestors. The document has been passed down through the family from generation to generation. The brothers rip the certificate up, impervious to its symbolic value. Determined to punish them for what they've just done, a mysterious elderly aunt, who has been keeping her eye on them since they arrived, decides to take them back in time. Cast back to 1780, smack dab in the slavery period, Joël and Régis will be sold at the market as slaves. They must join forces, not only to escape from the plantation, but also to find a way to get back to the 21st century.

international title: Back to Square One
original title: Case départ
country: France
sales agent: Other Angle Pictures
year: 2011
genre: fiction
directed by: Thomas Ngijol, Fabrice Eboué, Lionel Steketee
film run: 94'
release date: FR 06/07/2011, BE 20/07/2011
screenplay: Thomas Ngijol, Fabrice Eboué, Jérôme L'hotsky
cast: Fabrice Eboué, Thomas Ngijol, Stéfi Celma, Eriq Ebouaney, Etienne Chicot, Catherine Hosmalin, David Salles, Franck De La Personne
cinematography by: Jean-Claude Aumont
film editing: Frédérique Olszak
art director: Christian Marti
costumes designer: Pierre-Jean Larroque, Gilles Bodu-Lemoine
music: Alexandre Azaria
producer: Alain Goldman
production: Légende, Mars Films, TF1 Studio Production
distributor: Mars Films Distribution, Les Films de L'Elysée
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