Mina Tannenbaum

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Mina Tannenbaum
Directed by Martine Dugowson
Produced by Georges Benayoun
Paul Rosenberg
Written by Martine Dugowson
Starring Romane Bohringer
Elsa Zylberstein
Cathy Tastet
Florence Thomassin
Artus de Penguern
Jean-Louis Sbille
Music by Roland Katz
Cinematography Dominique Chapuis
Edited by Martine Barraqué
Dominique Galliéni
Distributed by UGC
Release date
  • 2 March 1994 (1994-03-02)
Running time
124 minutes
Country France
Language French

Mina Tannenbaum is a 1994 French film written and directed by Martine Dugowson, her debut feature. It stars Romane Bohringer and Elsa Zylberstein.

It won the Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Foreign Language Film, and was nominated for a César Award for Best Debut and Most Promising Actress.


Mina Tannenbaum and Ethel Benegui are two Jewish girls living in Paris. They were born on the same day, 5 April 1958, at the Rothschild Hospital, Mina just before Ethel. They first meet when they are seven years old. As their religion makes them feel like outsiders at school, they form a friendship as a result, despite having nothing else in common. Ethel is extroverted and comes from a middle-class family, while Mina is introverted and comes from a lower-class background. Their friendship continues as they grow up, but as adults they start to drift apart. Mina becomes an artist and although she finds men attractive, she is afraid to approach them. Ethel meanwhile becomes a journalist specializing in popular culture, and finds herself in a string of relationships that prove unsatisfying. They soon realize how their differences have put a strain on their relationship.

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