Don't Tell Me The Boy Was Mad

A FILM BY Robert Guédiguian

he has produced a film that both acts as a useful primer for understanding the decades-long grievance that the Armenian genocide produced, and discusses the peculiar politics of direct action terror in the 1970s.
-Andrew Pulver, The Guardian
The film benefits from detailed historical background and an engrossing establishing section that seeds a sense of bitter injustice passed on from survivors to their descendants.
-David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter
Le sujet est explosif et Guédiguian le manipule avec soin.
-Le Soleil


In the 80s, Aram, a young man from Marseille of Armenian origin, blows up the Turkish ambassador's car in Paris. Gilles Tessier, a young cyclist who was passing at that moment, is seriously injured. Aram, on the run, joins the Armenian Liberation Army in Beirut, the hotbed of international revolution in those years. Gilles is trying to understand when Anouch, Aram's mother, arrives in his hospital room to beg his forgiveness. She admits that her son planted the bomb. Aram clashes with his comrades in Beirut and decides to meet his victim to make him his spokesman...

Theatrical Release Date

Original Languages: French
Genre: Drama
Running Time: 134 min
Year: 2014


Robert Guédiguian