The Clink of Ice

The Clink of Ice is a 2010 French black comedy film written and directed by Bertrand Blier. The plot centers on Charles (Jean Dujardin), an alcoholic writer who is confronted by an incarnation of his own cancer (Albert Dupontel). The film's original French title is Le Bruit des glaçons, which literally means "The noise of ice cubes".

The Clink of Ice
Film poster
Le Bruit des glaçons
Directed byBertrand Blier
Produced byDavid Poirot
Written byBertrand Blier
StarringJean Dujardin
Albert Dupontel
CinematographyFrançois Catonné
Edited byMarion Monestier
Thelma Films
Distributed byWild Bunch Distribution
Release date
  • 25 August 2010 (2010-08-25)
Running time
87 minutes
Budget$6.1 million
Box office$9.1 million[1]



The budget was around 7 million Euro, including money from the TV channel France 2. Filming started 30 November 2009 and ended seven weeks later in Anduze, close to Nîmes, southern France.[2] Major film studio Pathé was originally involved but left the production in the summer 2009.[3]


Review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes reported an approval rating of 80%, based on 5 reviews, with an average score of 5.5/10.[4]


Award / Film Festival Category Recipients and nominees Result
César Awards Best Director Bertrand Blier Nominated
Best Supporting Actress Anne Alvaro Won
Best Original Screenplay Bertrand Blier Nominated
Lumières Awards Most Promising Actor Emile Berling Nominated
Venice Film Festival Europa Cinemas Label Won


  1. "LE BRUIT DES GLAÇONS (2010)". JP' Box-Office. Retrieved 2010-08-25.
  2. Lemercier, Fabien (2009-11-30). "Dujardin and Dupontel star in Blier's The Sound of Ice Cubes". Retrieved 2010-04-14.
  3. Grasset, Alain (2010-01-31). "Une " comédie très noire " sur le cancer signée Bertrand Blier". Le Parisien (in French). Retrieved 2010-04-14.
  4. "The Clink Of Ice (Le Bruit Des Glacons) (2011)". Rotten Tomatoes.

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