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TARR BELÀ, I USED TO BE A FILMMAKER

Jean-Marc LAMOURE

mondial premiere / first film competition


France, 2013, Colour and B&W, HD, 88’
Cult Hungarian filmmaker Belà Tarr, who directed his first feature, Family Nest, in 1977, has decreed that The Turin Horse (2011) shall be his final work. In an involuntary echo, Jean-Marc Lamoure, for his first film, followed this testamentary film shoot. Three characters plus a horse, lost in the middle of a desolate landscape adorned with a windswept shack, that is basically the whole terse argument as there is not much dialogue, as the elements take precedence over human beings, and as, above all, everything here is a matter of shots, duration, careful setting, in other words staging. It is this possibly conclusive adventure that is described here, even if the work leaves no room for melancholy. On the contrary, it is a surprise, even a joy, to discover a helicopter at the edge of the frame with the job of increasing the brutality of the wind in an otherwise peaceful decor. It is a surprise to see a building which might conceivably have been standing there for centuries, being built, rectified, gradually being adjusted to the image of the immutable. It is a surprise to discover that the horse is one of several. These are, of course, the open secrets and tricks of any film shoot. But the world Belà Tarr presents is so solid that we still believe it to be a detached, compact mass of reality itself. And what is more, it is to the harshness of this surrounding reality that his accomplices, actors, and musician confess.


Jean-Pierre Rehm

 

 
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