By Orso Miret
French release February 21, 2001
With Yann Goven, Olivier Gourmet, Brigitte Catillon, Martine Audrain, Jocelyne Desverchere, Stéphanie Bierry, Jacques Spiesser, Katty Loisel
Screenplay by Orso Miret, Roger Bohbot and Agnès de Sacy
Synopsis Olivier is preparing his thesis on the history of French Resistance members shot during World War II. His best friend, Guy, works in a book shop and provides him with the materials necessary for his research. What Olivier really wants is to meet Guy’s father who, at the end of the war, miraculously escaped from a group execution.
The young bookseller procrastinates and the meeting never takes place: Guy hides from Olivier the news that the former Resistance hero has just recently died.
Avoiding grief, Guy is gradually overtaken by a feeling of guilt: he soon blames himself for eradicating all trace of his father by honoring the deceased’s wish to be cremated. He returns to the bosom of the family, obsessed by the idea of his dead father.
He finds his sister Danielle and brother Fabien worried about their mother, debilitated, both physically and mentally, by sorrow. Despite his siblings’ warnings, Guy insists on commemorating his father and taking sole charge of his mother. When she is hospitalized due to illness, Guy returns home, prey to increasing madness.
Sunday Morning Productions
In coproduction with
Arte France Cinéma
Les Films du Losange
Jean Vigo Prize
Entrevues - Belfort Festival
Gérard Frot-Coutaz Prize
French Union of Film Critics
Best First Feature Film Prize
Cyril Collard Prize
Critics’ Week – Cannes Festival 2000
Acadie Film Festival, Florence, Belfort, Dublin, Ankara