In the Beginning (2009 film)

In the Beginning

Film poster
Directed by Xavier Giannoli
Produced by Pierre-Ange Le Pogam
Celia Simonnet
Edouard Weil
Written by Xavier Giannoli
Starring François Cluzet
Music by Cliff Martinez
Cinematography Glynn Speeckaert
Edited by Célia Lafitedupont
Rectangle Productions
Studio 37
France 3 Cinéma
Distributed by EuropaCorp
Release dates
  • 20 May 2009 (2009-05-20)
Running time
130 minutes
Country France
Language French
Box office $2.8 million[1]

In the Beginning (French: À l'origine) is a 2009 French drama film directed by Xavier Giannoli. The film competed in the main competition at the 62nd Cannes Film Festival.[2]


The film tells the dramatized true story of Philippe Berre, an actual Frenchman with a reputation as an impostor. In the film, much as actual events, Monsieur Berre goes to a small town, passing himself off as a civil engineer, and claims that the government has decided to start previously scrapped plans for the construction of a highway. He commissions supplies, gains construction vehicles, and brings jobs to the community and actually constructs a section of roadway in the process before being discovered.


The cast and director at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival.


  1. "A l\'origine (2009)- JPBox-Office". Retrieved 12 March 2016.
  2. "Festival de Cannes: In the Beginning". Retrieved 9 May 2009.

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