A young deserter from the Algerian war (Hippolyte Girardot), stares ruefully into a fire and tells his story. Under the name Victor Chmara and a determination to “above all do nothing” this aspiring writer arrives at a well-to-do lakeside resort near the Swiss border. In a hotel foyer he meets the beautiful Yvonne (Sandra Majani), and is in turn introduced to the ageing, flamboyantly gay Dr Rene Meinthe (Jean-Pierre Marielle) and his big American car. Time passes and love blossoms between Victor and would-be actress Yvonne, under the watchful eye of Meinthe, before an inevitable darkness intrudes upon the trio’s unreal, sun-soaked existence of social gatherings, motor jaunts, and afternoon assignations in hotel rooms. —Theedge
French filmmaker Patrice Leconte is as notable for his refusal to be easily categorized as he is for his long and productive career. Since making his major directorial debut in 1975 with Les Vécés Étaient Fermés de L’Intérieur, Leconte has established himself as one of France’s most respected directors, at ease tackling subjects ranging from mental illness to sexuality to canny deconstructions of wit and society. He received particular acclaim for his 1996 film Ridicule, winning the admiration of an international audience while furthering his reputation as one of the French cinema’s most treasured figures.
A native Parisian, Leconte was born on November 12, 1947. He decided to be a filmmaker at a very young age, and went on to attend France’s most prestigious film school, I.D.H.E.C. During his education, constant visits to the Paris Cinémathèque aided in his understanding of cinematography culture. After graduating from I.D.H.E.C. in 1969, Leconte went against the cinematic grain… read more