Son of the Shark

Son of the Shark (French: Le Fils du Requin) is a 1993 French film directed by Agnes Merlet, about two brothers, Martin (Ludovic Vandendaele) and Simon (Eric Da Silva), and their adventures as juvenile delinquents in the north of France.

Son of the Shark
(Le Fils du Requin)
Directed byAgnes Merlet
Produced byFrancois Fries
Written bySantiago Amigorena
Agnes Merlet
StarringLudovic Vandendaele
Eric Da Silva
Sandrine Blancke
Maxime Leroux
Music byBruno Coulais
CinematographyGerard Simon
Edited byGuy Lecorne
Pierre Choukroun
Distributed bySeventh Art Releasing
Release date
24 November 1993
Running time
88 minutes

Inspired by a well-known passage of Lautréamont's Les Chants de Maldoror, Martin holds a belief, in which he claims to be "the son of a female shark". He hopes that someday he and his brother, Simon will disappear to the bottom of the ocean, where they will live happily ever after surrounded by dancing fish.[1]

Awards and nominations

The film won the 1994 European Film Award for "Young European Film of the Year", the Avignon Film Festival's Prix Tournage, and the Joseph Plateau Award for Best Belgian actress. It was also nominated for César Award for Best Debut.[2]



  1. Holden, Stephen (1995-03-10). "FILM REVIEW; Delinquent Brothers Find Solace in the Sea". The New York Times. Retrieved 2007-12-07.
  2. Un poème de la révolte
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