OFFICIAL SELECTION
 FIDMARSEILLE 2007

FRENCH COMPETITION

world premiere

   
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HARUKI YUKIMURA &

NANA-CHAN

 

Xavier Brillat

 

 

 

 FRANCE
2006
Colour
DV Cam
38’


Original version
Japanese
Subtitles
French
Photography
Xavier Brillat
Editing
Jerôme Million


Filmography
Dancing, 2003
Ceci est une pipe, 2001


 
The links between the cinema and the world of fantasy, voyeurism and eroticism are well-established. Xavier Brillat’s film plays on these, from the desire and pleasure (of the protagonists) to the compulsion to watch and unease (of the audience), making us feel uncomfortable. Somewhere in Japan a man, Haruki Yukimura, and a woman, Nana Chan indulge in bondage. Yet the slowness of their gestures, the gentleness of their voices, the faint murmurings of nature and Brillat’s decision to link the scenes together with fade-outs into darkness, all conspire to draw us out of a simply voyeuristic position. From a situation which could only be erotic, the film gradually leads us towards performance, towards ritualised ceremony: a woman’s body, tied up, submissive and constrained and the man’s preoccupation with patient and meticulous knotting present us with a succession of poses and stages of intensity. For whom? For her, for him, for us? The ambiguity of the man and woman is in tune with the ambiguity of this filmed situation: the woman is at once an actress (she becomes the focus of a show) and model (she gives her body over completely to a pose), offering herself up to the man’s sensual pleasure as well as her own. The man reaches climax with ropes and binding, through looking and touching, precise gestures and revelling in what he sees before him. The two of them, like the distance which Xavier Brillat has adopted, look back to confront our own gaze – in a contradictory movement which is both possessive and distant and could be a double metaphor – the bond of love and the bond between a beholder and the object of his fantasies.

Nicolas Féodoroff

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