Don’t Tell Me the Boy Was Mad (Une Histoire De Fou)
Don’t Tell Me the Boy Was Mad (Une Histoire De Fou)

Don’t Tell Me the Boy Was Mad (Une Histoire De Fou)

Director Robert Guédiguian

Production year 2015

Length 134min.

Country France


Paris, 1981. Aram, a young man of Armenian origin, blows up the Turkish Ambassador’s car seriously injuring Gilles, who just happens to have been passing by on his bicycle. Aram flees to Beirut to join the Armenian Liberation Army. His mother, Anouch, visits Gilles in hospital to ask for forgiveness for her son, but Gilles wants to meet his executioner face to face. With revenge in mind he heads to Marseille to confront Aram’s family and finds himself welcomed into their home for a prolonged stay. In Beirut Aram clashes with his comrades until the day when he decides to meet his victim in order to make him his spokesman…


Robert Guédiguian
Robert Guédiguian



Robert Guédiguian, Marc Bordure


Robert Guédiguian, Guilles Taurand

Director of Photography

Pierre Milon

Production designer

Michel Vandestien

Music by

Alexandre Desplat


Laurent Lafran


Bernard Sasia


Grégoire Leprince-Ringuet, Ariane Ascaride, Simon Abkarian, Serge Avédikian, Syrus Shahidi

Production company(ies)

Agat Films & Cie Production 52, rue Jean-Pierre Timbaud 75011 Paris, France

Robert Guédiguian

Film director, scriptwriter, the son of an Armenian father and German mother. He studied at the Social Sciences Department of Paris University. He has made films since 1980. He lives in Marseilles, a city that has always featured his films to date. His films were shown at many festivals. Marius and Jeannette won the Certain Regard Prize at Cannes IFF, the Delluc, Lumiere Prizes, the Grand Prix of IFF in Geneve, Figueira da Foz (Portugal), Hayfa (Israel), and Ariane Ascaride received Cesar for Best Actress. Marie-Jo and her two loves and Le promeneur du champ de Mars were participated in feature competition of Cannes and Berlin IFFs. Michel Bouquet starring in Le promeneur du champ de Mars won the Best Actor Cesar. In 2006, Robert Guédiguian won Silver Apricot - Special Prize for Le Voyage en Armenie in Golden Apricot Yerevan IFF.


he Last Summer (Co-dir.: Frank Le Wita, 1981), Red Midday (1983), Ki lo sa? (1985), God Curses the Indefferents (1989), ‘Til Death Do Us Part (1995), Marius and Jeannette (1997), Where the Heart Is (1998), Charge! (2000), The Town Is Quiet (2000), Marie-Jo and Her Two Lovers (2002), My Father Is an Engineer (2004), Le Promeneur du champ de Mars (2005), Le Voyage en Arménie (2006), Lady Jane (2008), Army of Crime (2009), The Snows of Kilimanjaro (2011), Ariane’s Thread (2014), Don’t Tell Me the Boy Was Mad (2015).

FILMS 2015