• French Competition


Gaël Lépingle

A musical, today? Such was the audacious challenge Gaël Lépingle set himself – to paint a picture in period cinema of the French middle classes: so great in number and yet so rarely depicted on the silver screen. After La Prisonnière du Pont-aux-Dions (FID2006) and Julien (FID 2010), a coming-of-age story about a teenager in la Beauce, the film-maker continues his exploration of the French provinces. The setting: a village in the Tarn region in summer. The protagonists: the villagers. The story, however, is more hectic, the plot wending its way in vibrant colours through familiar territory – The Three Musketeers. In this musical, Dumas’ celebrated characters – the musketeers, the queen, Richelieu, etc., swoon in living rooms with TVs on garish sofas, talk in the wistful quiet of the pedestrianized streets with ready-made ruins laid on, debate in the pharmacy, party in the miserably dingy village halls, their words sung in an attempt to contaminate the bleak surroundings. A blatantly political project takes shape through this collective adventure. What is life like in this Oh-so-pretty valley (whose beauty we constantly question, as we cringe throughout the course of the film). We end up unable to decide whether it is the show that has penetrated these lives, or whether a (much, much) smaller than life-size version of our existence, is subjecting this show to a harsh weight-loss programme. (NF) Gaël Lépingle

  • French Competition

Technical sheet

France, 2015, Colour, HD, Dolby, Stereo (SR), 54’

Original version : french
Subtitles : english
Script, photography : Gaël Lépingle
Editing : Gaël Lépingle, Michaël Dacheux
Sound : Quentin Dupuis, Mathieu Farnarier
Music : Julien Joubert
Casting : Anne Berthé, Les Chœurs de Sittelles

Production : La Musique de Léonie
Distribution : La Musique de Léonie Gaël Lépingle

– La nuit tombée, 2014
Julien, 2010
– Guy Gilles et le temps désaccordé, 2008
La prisonnière du pont aux Dions, 2005