On the outskirts of civilisation, three young women, Magalie, Marie-Steph and Barbara live a desperate life together. Drowning in alcohol, they both lust for and hate one another, coupling like animals. Yet gradually they become enmeshed in a complex game of love and domination. Magalie, the ringleader, subjugates through her male power, and bestial charisma. Simple Marie-Steph, her younger sister, remains in the background, and Barbara, unaware of her own prettiness, has joined the pack because she loves Magalie. One day, at Magalie’s instigation, and almost out of boredom, they hold up a bakery and kill the baker with a buckshot gun. Life gradually resumes, but nothing is the same. –Locarno Film Festival
As an actress, Isild Le Besco has featured in over twenty films, including Cédric Kahn’s Roberto Succo (2001), Adolphe (2002) and À tout de suite (2004), both by Benoît Jacquot. At seventeen, she directed Demi-tarif (2000), using her brothers and a DVcam. In it she revealed an unsuspected world, the everyday savagery in the life of three children left to their own devices. This was followed by Charly (2007), the story of an adolescent who flees his adoptive family for the sea, and Bas-fonds (2010). –Locarno Film Festival
We continue our end-of-2011 celebration not of new films but of old films revived and seen throughout the year.
An instance of radical lo-fi homespun cinema: actress Isild Le Besco's short feature directorial debut, Demi-tarif. It stars four children