Confessions d'un Barjo

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Confessions d'un Barjo
Barjo vhs cover.jpg
American vhs cover
Directed by Jérôme Boivin
Produced by Françoise Galfré (exec. prod.)
Patrick Godeau
Written by Philip K. Dick (novel)
Jacques Audiard
Jérôme Boivin
Starring Anne Brochet
Richard Bohringer
Hippolyte Girardot
Music by Hugues Le Bars
Cinematography Jean-Claude Larrieu
Edited by Anne Lafarge
Distributed by Myriad Pictures (US)
Release date
13 May 1992 (France)
7 July 1993 (US)
23 February 1994
(US video)
Running time
85 minutes
Country France
Language French

Confessions d'un Barjo (known as Barjo for the English-language market) is a 1992 French film adaptation of Philip K. Dick's non-science fiction novel Confessions of a Crap Artist, originally written in 1959 and published in 1975, the only non-science fiction novel of Dick's to be published in his lifetime. The film was directed by Jérôme Boivin and written by Jacques Audiard and Jérôme Boivin, and stars Anne Brochet, Richard Bohringer and Hippolyte Girardot. "Barjo" translates as "nutcase" or "nut job".


Barjo (Hippolyte Girardot) is eccentric, naive and obsessive. After he accidentally burns down his house during a "scientific" experiment, he moves in with his impulsive twin sister Fanfan (Anne Brochet), who is married to Charles "the Aluminum King" (Richard Bohringer). In his new surroundings, Barjo continues his old habits: cataloging old science magazines, testing bizarre inventions and filling his notebooks with his observations about human behavior and his thoughts about the end of the world. Through Barjo's journals we see the development of conflict and sexual tension between Fanfan and Charles, and the descent of Charles into madness.


  • Richard Bohringer as Charles
  • Anne Brochet as Fanfan
  • Hippolyte Girardot as Barjo
  • Consuelo De Haviland as Madame Hermelin
  • Renaud Danner as Michel
  • Nathalie Boutefeu as Gwen
  • Jac Berrocal as Mage Gerardini
  • Camille Gentet as Fanfan enfant
  • Charles-Elie Rouart as Barjo enfant


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