See You Up There (film)

See You Up There (French: Au revoir là-haut) is a 2017 French drama film written and directed by and starring Albert Dupontel, adapted from the novel The Great Swindle (Au revoir là-haut in French) by Pierre Lemaitre.

See You Up There
Film Poster
Au revoir là-haut
Directed byAlbert Dupontel
Produced byCatherine Bozorgan
Written byAlbert Dupontel
Pierre Lemaitre
Based onAu revoir là-haut
by Pierre Lemaitre
StarringAlbert Dupontel
Nahuel Pérez Biscayart
Laurent Lafitte
Niels Arestrup
Mélanie Thierry
Émilie Dequenne
Music byChristophe Julien
CinematographyVincent Mathias
Edited byChristophe Pinel
Gaumont Film Company
Stadenn Prod
Manchester Films
Distributed byGaumont Film Company
Release date
  • 22 August 2017 (2017-08-22) (Angoulême)
  • 25 October 2017 (2017-10-25)
Running time
117 min
Budget$23 million[1]
Box office$15.1 million[2]


In November 1918, a few days before the Armistice, Edouard Péricourt saves Albert Maillard's life. The two men have nothing in common but the war. Lieutenant Pradelle, by ordering a senseless assault, destroys their lives while binding them as companions in misfortune. On the ruins of the carnage of WWI, condemned to live, the two attempt to survive. Thus, as Pradelle is about to make a fortune with the war victims' corpses, Albert and Edouard mount a monumental scam with the bereaved families' commemoration and with a nation's hero worship.[3]



Movie production started in March 2016 in the region of the Vexin plateau over the Seine river valley.[4][5][6]


On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 93%, based on 15 reviews with an average rating of 7.5/10.[7]

Jordan Mintzer from The Hollywood Reporter wrote: " the film features a handful of jaw-dropping moments — such as an excruciating battle across no man's land — held together by a strong cast, including BPM (Beats Per Minute) star Nahuel Perez Biscayart as a disfigured artist hidden behind an array of exquisitely ornamental masks. But condensing nearly 600 pages of story into a two-hour movie proves increasingly difficult as too many plot points take away from all the visual splendor, while the characters hardly have time to be drawn out."[8] Peter Debruge writing for the Variety magazine said: "...simultaneously grand and eccentric, and though it sometimes struggles to sustain its identity amid such a strange mix of tones, the film holds together via DP Vincent Mathias’ dramatic widescreen lensing and a splendid, understated score from Christophe Julien."[9] Jordi Costa from the Spanish newspaper El País stated: "Albert Dupontel knows that a black comedy doesn't only have to be cynical and his film finds its soul in the masks that communicate the emotions of one of his characters."[10]


See You Up There earned 13 nominations at the 43rd César Awards, winning 5 awards. The film also won other awards.[11]

Award Subject Nominee Result
César Awards Best Adaptation Albert Dupontel
Pierre Lemaitre
Best Cinematography Vincent Mathias Won
Best Production Design Pierre Queffelean Won
Best Costume Design Mimi Lempicka Won
Best Director Albert Dupontel Won
Best Actor Albert Dupontel Nominated
Best Supporting Actress Mélanie Thierry Nominated
Best Supporting Actor Niels Arestrup Nominated
Best Supporting Actor Laurent Lafitte Nominated
Best Original Music Christophe Julien Nominated
Best Sound Jean Minondo
Gurwal Coïc-Gallas
Cyril Holtz
Damien Lazzerini
Best Editing Christophe Pinel Nominated
Best Film Catherine Bozorgan
Albert Dupontel
Globes de Cristal Awards Best Film Albert Dupontel Nominated
Best Actor Albert Dupontel Nominated
Lumières Awards Best Cinematography Vincent Mathias Nominated
Best Film Albert Dupontel Nominated
Best Screenplay Albert Dupontel
Pierre Lemaitre
Seattle International Film Festival Best Director (Golden Space Needle Award) Albert Dupontel Fifth Place


  1. "Productions Cinématographique: Listes des Films Agreès" (spreadsheet). National Center of Cinematography and the Moving Image. 27 March 2018. Retrieved 29 June 2018.
  2. JP. "Au revoir là-haut". JP'S Box-Office. Retrieved 29 June 2018.
  3. Palanchini, Coretin (26 January 2016). "Albert Dupontel réalisera Au revoir là-haut avec Laurent Lafitte et Niels Arestrup". AlloCiné. Webedia. Retrieved 1 April 2016.
  4. Canu, Joseph (11 March 2016). "Albert Dupontel adapte un Goncourt dans le Vexin". La Gazette du Val d'Oise. Actu. Retrieved 1 April 2016.
  5. "Albert Dupontel en tournage d'"Au revoir là-haut" jusqu'à la mi-juin". Le Film Français. 11 March 2016. Retrieved 1 April 2016.
  6. Georges, Pierre (11 March 2016). "Le tournage d'"Au revoir là-haut" a commencé". Livres Hebdo. Electre S.A. Retrieved 1 April 2016.
  7. "See You Up There (Au revoir là-haut) (2017)". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango Media. Retrieved 17 July 2018.
  8. Mintzer, Jordan. "'See You Up There' ('Au revoir la-haut'): Film Review". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 9 November 2018.
  9. Debruge, Peter. "Film Review: 'See You Up There' (Au revoir là-haut)". PeteVariety magazine. Retrieved 9 November 2018.
  10. Jordi, Costa. "Senderos de ignominia". El País. Retrieved 9 November 2018.
  11. "See You Up There - Awards". IMDb. Retrieved 9 November 2018.
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