Michel, a retired math teacher, has lived alone since his wifeâ€™s death and occupies his time writing an essay about the beliefs that shape daily life. One day he comes across Dora, a young homeless woman, who shows up injured on his doorstep, and puts her up until she recovers. Her presence brings something new to Michelâ€™s life, but gradually the apartment becomes the site of mysterious happenings.
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
Our second report from the 2013 festival, about films by Kira Muratova, Jean-Claude Brisseau, and David Gatten.