| FIDMARSEILLE 2008|
L’HEURE DU BERGER
Grand Prix of the French Competition
Groupement National des Cinémas de Recherche (GNCR) Prize
One of Pierre Creton’s first films was called La Vie Après la Mort (Life After Death). In it we saw him at the house of a much older friend, Jean Lambert, at his side. We saw them reading out loud from different books together. We saw them listening to records. We saw them waiting for something, Jean Lambert’s death. In 2008, seven years after his friend’s passing, Pierre Creton is still living in this house. He returns to the images from that time in order to stitch them, literally, using a sewing machine borrowed from Lautréamont, with those of today. Part of the grieving process? Perhaps, but above all it is being open to the incredible in the everyday, guided by the reading of Pavese’s Business of Living: “A certain type of daily routine (fixed schedule, the same people, forms and places of worship) bring about supernatural thoughts.” A spider casts a spell on an insect, the filmmaker plays hairdresser, we hear a radio broadcast meditation on the brain and perception, we witness strange double exposures (never before seen in Creton’s work!), we are presented with a duet performance with Vincent Barré. etc. If his previous films, Secteur 545 and Paysage Imposé (FID 2004 and 2006), have familiarized us with a rural existence devoid of exoticism, but magnified to the dimensions of great romanticism, this time he delves into another facet of the romantic tradition: black humor, emotion, fantasy. L’heure du Berger (The Shepherd’s Hour) is therefore the first genre film in Pierre Creton’s filmography.