10th Wallimage/Bruxellimage session : couple stories.

  • 13.02.2012

Marion Hansel‘s 11th feature film, La Tendresse, reunites Olivier Gourmet and French actress Marilyne Canto. This road movie is aimed at an audience that is probably less purely cinephile than Ocean Black From Brussels to the top of the Alps, he takes a couple separated for fifteen years who meet again for two days to pick up their son who is hospitalized abroad after a serious skiing accident. Over time, the resentment that followed love gave way to a more diffuse feeling… tenderness?

Thomas de Thier is a young filmmaker, since The Taste of Blueberries is his second feature film, but paradoxically he has focused on a much older couple: Jeanne and Michel are just over 80 years old and, for them, every day is starting to look the same. Except on August 3rd, because they are going on a picnic. The day is beautiful, but it will not go as planned. On the road, they almost run over a child who has escaped the vigilance of his parents and a little later, they misplace the keys to their vehicle. So, without explanation, they abandon their car and go into the woods. Both roles will be played by monuments: Michel Piccoli (fresh from the triumph ofHabemus Papam) will be confronted by Natacha Parry, a French-English woman best known for her work in theater. For Wallimage it will be a first collaboration with the production company Novak.

Well written and structured, these two dossiers are also distinguished by a willingness to balance their expenditure between the Walloon and Brussels regions, which was much appreciated by the board of directors of the mixed economic fund.