IN THE COURTYARD
Wednesday 21th of September, 6pm
Dans la Courby Pierre Salvadori (2014) – 97’
The Cine Club of the Alliance Francaise de KOTTE in partnership with the National Film Corporation presents Pierre Salvadori’ In the Courtyard.
Free of charge and open to the public, it will be screened at 6.00 pm on Wednesday 21thSeptember 2016 at the National Film Corporation Hall at BauddhalokaMawatha, Colombo 07.
Middle-aged musician Antoine suddenly decides to end his career. After several days’ aimless wandering, he is hired as the caretaker of an old residential building in Paris. Mathilde is a recently retired resident, generous-spirited and deeply involved with the management of the building. After she discovers a crack in her living room wall, her worry gradually turns to panic – what if the building were to collapse ? Slowly, Antoine develops a fondness for this woman he is afraid will slip into madness. Through a confusion of misfires and anxiety, the two develop an awkward friendship, funny yet solid, which might just get them
‘Guided by Salvadori’s sensitive but excessively mollifying direction, the film occasionally pulls back from more piercing insights. (The invocation at one point of Raymond Carver’s exquisite poem “Sleeping,” meanwhile, is reaching for a profundity that isn’t quite there.) But the leads effectively fill in the pain between the lines: Deneuve is immensely sympathetic as a proud woman frightened by the unfamiliarity of her own mental state, with Kervern shaggily touching as someone who has a little more knowledge of the abyss they’re facing, but not the self-control to avoid it.’
Film critic Guy Lodge, Variety website
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