Lionel, a metro conductor, lives with his beautiful daughter, Josephine, a university student in a bustling apartment complex. They have shared the same space for many years and have grown accustomed to one another’s company. Lately, Josephine has been spending time with Noe, a handsome young neighbor, while Lionel is finding himself drawn into a romance with close friend Gabrielle. As their lives are pulled in different directions, father and daughter realize they must confront an aspect of their past in order to embrace what lies ahead.
Special Jury Award | Gijón IFF, Spain, 2008
CAST & CREW
Karl Baumgartner, Bruno Pésery
Claire Denis, Jean-Pol Fargeau
Director of Photography
Arnaud de Moleron
Alex Descas, Mati Diop, Nicole Dogue, Grégoire Colin, Jean-Christophe Folly, Djédjé Apali, Eriq Ebouaney, Ingrid Caven, Julieth Mars Toussaint
Born 1948, Paris. Claire Denis is a Paris-based filmmaker and one of the major artistic voices of contemporary French cinema. Born in Paris, she spent her childhood and formative years traveling across Africa. It was the wish of her father, a colonial administrator, to teach his children the importance of geography. This experience underlies her interest in national identity and the legacy of French colonialism. After a disappointment in studying economics, Claire Denis enrolled in the Institut des Hautes Études Cinématographiques (now École Nationale Supérieure des Métiers de l'Image et du Son) where she graduated in 1971. At the beginning of her film career, she worked as assistant director to Dušan Makavejev, Costa Gavras, Jacques Rivette, Jim Jarmusch and Wim Wenders. Claire Denis made her directorial and screenwriting debut in 1988 with Chocolat, a lush exploration of colonial life and emotional conflicts West Africa of the 1950s, viewed through the eyes of a young French girl. The film, inspired by Denis’ own experiences in Africa, proved to be a very auspicious debut – screened at Cannes the same year and earned both a Golden Palm nomination and a César nomination for Best New Director. Later Clair Denis in fact became one of the best directors of modern French cinema.
Chocolate (1988), Man No Run (1989); S'en fout la mort (1990); Keep It for Yourself (1991); Contre l'oubli (segment Pour Ushani Ahmed Mahmoud, Sudan, 1991); Boom-Boom (1994), J'ai pas sommeil (1994); À propos de Nice, la suite (segment Nice, Very Nice, 1995); Nenette and Boni (1996); Good Work (1999); Trouble Every Day (2001); Friday Night (2002); Ten Minutes Older: The Cello (segment Vers Nancy, 2002); L’Intrus/The Intruder (2004); Vers Mathilde (2005) 35 Shots of Rum (2008); White Material (2009)