OFFICIAL SELECTION  / FRENCH COMPETITION  FIDMARSEILLE 2011

world premiere  / first film & media library prize competitions

  

LA VIE EST AILLEURS

Life is on the other side

Elsa Quinette

Georges de Beauregard national prize
> 2011 awards

 

 

FRANCE
2011
Colour
DVCam and mini DV
58’

Original Version
French
Photography and sound
Elsa Quinette
Editing
Claire Atherton

Production
La vie est belle films

Baboussia, grandmother’s nickname, has had a good innings. She wants to go now, she openly admits as much to those close to her, she is ready, it’s time to go. This declaration of death is what her family have to come to terms with, including her grand-daughter, Elsa Quinette, a film-maker, hence her need to make her film. This takes two directions that alternate in their progression. In other words, making an open, articulate response to an anticipated mourning process: editing being the answer. On one hand affectionately accompanying this old woman surrounded by her loved ones, recording shared love out loud on the edge of life, following, for example, the eldest son exorcising his fear and distress in a theatrical scene full of cathartic black humour. On the other hand, giving herself scope for tangents, going with her photographer brother to collect images of faces from elsewhere, another final flourish, amidst other rituals on the ghats in Benares in India, where death is crudely displayed as part of everyday life. Throughout this double journey into the unknown, no knowledge is acquired, no secret revealved, or pain overcome. What is discovered rather, stealthily and slowly, even unassuredly, is the logic of editing that separates the close to and far away, France and India, the before and after passing away; it comes back to application and this law of division at the heart of each event in time or space. Neither wisdom nor practise, but a series of bedazzlements. 

Jean-Pierre Rehm
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