Bernie (1996 film)

Bernie is a 1996 French film directed by Albert Dupontel.[2]

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Film poster
Directed byAlbert Dupontel
Written byAlbert Dupontel
Gilles Laurent
StarringAlbert Dupontel
Roland Blanche
Hélène Vincent
Claude Perron
Release date
  • 27 November 1996 (1996-11-27) (France)
Running time
87 minutes
Budget$2.2 million
Box office$6.4 million[1]


It tells the story of Bernie Noël, a 29-year-old man who's been raised all his life in an orphanage in Paris' suburbs. He was found in a garbage can when he was only a few months old. His first name comes from the man who found him there (Bernie, the building's janitor) and his last name comes from the time of year when he was found (Noël, "Christmas" in French).

At age 29, Bernie decides to leave the orphanage to explore a world that he knows only through television and what his friends have told him. On his own, roaming a Paris-by-night hostile environment, he goes through several madly epic adventures searching for his parents, before eventually finding them and "saving" them from an imaginary government conspiracy.

This neurotic and maladjusted young man will bring mischief and mayhem in his trail, which will lead him and his loved ones to a dramatic conclusion...

Film infoEdit

  • Directed by : Albert Dupontel
  • Story : Albert Dupontel and Gilles Laurent
  • Dialogues : Albert Dupontel
  • Production : Canal+, Contre Prod, Kasso Inc. Productions, Rézo Films, Ulysse Films
  • Category: Comedy (?)
  • Running time: 87 min
  • Country: France
  • Sound: Dolby Digital
  • Language: French
  • Release :
  • November 27, 1996 (France)
  • January 8, 1997 ( Belgium)
  • Rated: PG13



The film was nominated for the César Award for Best First Feature Film at the 22nd César Awards.


  1. ^ "Bernie (1996) - JPBox-Office".
  2. ^ "Bernie". Retrieved 2014-06-28.

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