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Director: Ella Lerkes

Author: Ella Lerkes

Executive Producer: Olivier de Bannes

Broadcaster: Planet +

Release year: 2017

Running time: 52 minutes


In December 2012, Gerard Depardieu left his motherland with bravado: taking refuge first in Belgium and then in freezing Moscow, where Vladimir Putin graciously offered him a Russian passport. This thunderous departure provoked massive debate in France, with politicians and artists tearing each other apart on the news. It became clear that, over a career that has spanned 40 years and more than 200 films, Depardieu has become an icon, a character with whom the country identifies: seeing in him its own traditions, strengths and weaknesses