Although La Cure brilliantly combines the ingredients of vaudeville with those of
a mushy sitcom, Clément Schneider, director of the magnificent Un violent désir
de bonheur, and Simon Rembado create, with an economy of means that forgoes
no detail, a form of theatre of cruelty where the loudly professed desire to love or
be loved only gives rise to the petty crimes of everyday life: meanness, cowardice,
indifference, denial….The dialogue is unfettered, with a caustic and lively repartee.
Outside, off-screen, the world is threatening, overwhelmed by the pandemic
and plagued by repeated political and social crises. The characters have taken
refuge in a family house in the depths of the countryside. Fashioned in neither a
naturalistic style nor with Bressonian detachment, they all personify a type: eternal
doctorate student, failed artist, depressed activist, upstart mistress… Together they
paint a harsh picture of a protected and selfish social class, rather than a large
family where everyone looks out for each other. As if the off-screen rumble were
an episode of delirium, Kevin offers up a caricature of the people, as we like to
imagine them, but have never met. Tight framing, a lack of perspective and closeups
of closed faces that are rarely softened by a smile: they all remain in their own
bubble, on the verge of implosion. Cut off from the world, the characters – played
by a bespoke cast whose excellent performance is truly impressive – are above
all cut off from themselves. A corrosive huis-clos that borrows its narrative from
Children From the Sun by Gorki (1905), The Cure is a satirical portrait of introversion
and a terrible emotional dysfunction that results from, or is the cause of, political
disenchantment. Deep down we wonder: should we be laughing or crying. They
are impossible to love, and yet we cannot truly hate them, as to do so, would be
to despise the reflection that we might recognize in the mirror so cleverly placed
before us. (Claire Lasolle)
Original Version : French.
Subtitles : English.
Script : Simon Rembado.
Photography : Clément Schneider, Christophe Sola.
Editing : Maxime François.
Music : David Hess.
Sound : Antoine Bougeard, Thomas Brzustowski, Johann Nallet, Nathan Delalandre.
Casting : Simon Bourgade, Loïc Renard, Sarah Brannens, Yeelem Jappain, Angèle Peyrade, Antoine Prud’homme de la Boussinière, Étienne Durot, Julie Roux, Simon Rembado. Production : Clément Schneider et Alice Begon (Les Films d’Argile).
Distribution : Egle Cepaite (Shellac).
Filmography : And grass, and flowers, and water (codirected with Joseph Minster), 2020. The last customs, 2020. A violent desire for joy, 2018. Wandering Island, 2017. The Silk Road, 2017. Dance Card, 2016. Sketches on the theme of love, 2012.
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