A filmmaker and his crew try to enter the passionate world of Port-Royal and of Jansenism. Another Age of Louis XIV comes to life, the age of Pascal, Racine and of the “Friends of Truth”. An age much darker and deeper than the splendors of Versailles. Through the landscapes of Port-Royal and Paris, thanks to the reading of texts in the French language of the time, thanks to interviews with specialists and to notes, the historical quest changes into a philosophical and historical vertigo. The film itself turns into something else while it comes up against the unanswerable question of grace.
Winner in 1989 of a scholarship from the Villa Medici, who teaches film at the University of Paris VIII to Fémis, Vincent Dieutre follows a strange path in French film—at the crossroads of contemporary art, literature, documentary and autobiography. He has filmed the streets of Chicago (Entering Difference), Paris (Good News), Bologna (Bologna Centrale) and Buenos Aires (Despues de la revolución). With a voice alternately light and serious, melancholic and playful, he evokes the memories and feelings he has for each location. The writing of the voiceover is very constructed and intimate, even as it invites the viewer to visualize what they hear, stimulating their imagination and subjectivity.
Rome désolée, vidéo, 75 minutes, 1995
Leçons de ténèbres, 35mm, 77 minutes, 2000
Entering Difference (Lettre de Chicago), vidéo, 28 minutes, 2000
Bonne Nouvelle, vidéo, 60 minutes, 2001
Mon voyage d’hiver, 35mm, 103 minutes, 2003
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