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Philippe GRANDRIEUX: The Rediscovery of Cinematic Language

Sombre

Director Philippe Grandrieux
Info
  • France│
  • 1998│
  • 112min│
  • 35mm│
  • color│
  • Feature Film │
  • Fiction

Overview

Following the route of the Tour de France, a solitary motorist Jean periodically stops off to pick up and kill prostitutes. During a rain storm, he runs into another young woman whose car has broken down.

Schedule

Code Date Time Theater Info Ticket
147 2016. 04. 29 17:30 Jeonju Digital Independent Cinema HEK19GV
367 2016. 05. 01 21:00 Jeonju Digital Independent Cinema HEK19

Review

Jean is a serial killer. He meets Claire while he is traveling through Southern France and they form a peculiar relationship. Both are in discord with the world and become each other’s salvation based on a baseless bond. There is no conventional procession of incidents or resolution. Philippe Grandrieux’s feature debut marks the beginning of his major cinematic characteristics. Characters who transcend psychology and appear to move according to a metaphysical force, obsession with visual vision, emphasis on love, visual depiction of emotions and states that cannot be described with text are distinct. When it was first released, the film used a new language to describe human action that cannot be judged by ethical standards. Scenes that would have been ordinary in a different film are filled with tension and strength here. It stays true to Grandrieux’s comment about wanting the audience face their face and their inner self. (JANG Byungwon)

Credit

Director Philippe GRANDRIEUX
Producer Catherine JACQUES
Cinematography Pierre HODGSON, Sophie FILLIERES
Editor Francoise TOURMEN
Music Alan VEGA
Sound Ludivic HENAULT
Cast Elina LOWENSOHN, Marc BARBE, Geraldine VOILLAT

Director

Philippe GRANDRIEUX

Born in 1954. GRANDRIEUX’s first three feature films, Sombre, A New Life and A Lake demonstrate his profound and radical exploration of image, sound and narrative structures. In 2011, he directed his documentary, It May Be That Beauty Has Strengthened Our Resolve - Masao Adachi has been programmed at more than 50 festivals and universities. He also directed White Epilepsy, Meurtriere, and Despite the Night which is his latest work.

Trailer

(Sombre) DIR. Philippe Grandrieux

Following the route of the Tour de France, a solitary motorist Jean periodically stops off to pick up and kill prostitutes. During a rain storm, he runs into another young woman whose car has broken down.