De bruit et de fureur starts when Bruno (13) moves to a poor outer suburb of Paris. He is left to fend for himself by his mother and his only company in the cheap rental apartment is a canary. At school, a young teacher gives him some time time and attention. Bruno is introvert, not like his aggressive fellow pupils, and so he is an outsider. Yet he becomes friends with the rebellious delinquent Jean-Roger, who lives in the same block. Bruno discovers the surroundings of this coarse and provocative kid, who has an authoritarian father and friends who lose themselves in senseless violence. Bruno becomes a passive spectator as blood and fire are unleashed. This flamboyant film with a dash of Shakespeare mixes realism, dream world and lyricism. The basis is documentary, violent and real. The picture of the world provided is a harsh one. This image is however repeatedly interrupted by dreams. Education and dignity are the two forces in this humanist film; they lead Jean-Roger towards salvation. De bruit et de fureur is a work that poses questions about our role as spectator – of the film and of the world. –IFFR
Jean-Claude Brisseau (born 17 July 1944) is a French filmmaker best known for his 2002 film Secret Things (“Choses Secrètes”) and his 2006 film The Exterminating Angels (“Les Anges exterminateurs”).
In 2002 he was arrested on charges of harassment, fined and given a suspended one-year prison sentence. The plaintiffs were three women who had performed sex acts in front of him during their auditions. This was to form the basis of the The Exterminating Angels film.
He was formerly a professor at La Femis (Paris). His film Céline was nominated for the Golden Bear Award at the 42nd Berlin International Film Festival. At the Cannes Film Festival, he was awarded the France Culture Award in 2003 for Secret Things; in 1988 he was awarded the Special Award for the Youth. —Wikipedia