Marie, eleven years old, is experiencing difficult times. Her parents will separate. The perception of her universe is profoundly disturbed. This exacting portrait of a child immerses in her books, her music, and her dancing casts a dispassionate yet ultimately touching eye on the girl's reaction to the new upheaval in her life.
A great short film & a phenomenal intro for Godard's Hail Mary. Directed by Anne Marie Mieville, her film is a slice of life short that depicts a child named Mary going through her parents' divorce & her dealing with adolescence. It's a powerful work & I have to say it is Hail Mary's every equal. It also reminds me of a female Tree of Life, despite its small length. I would like to see Anne Marie Mieville's work now.
Cette histoire de séparation souffre d'un intellectualisme trop forcé, en particulier dans ses dialogues pesants. Il aurait mieux valu - comme Godard - s'éloigner de tout réalisme à ce niveau-là. Les acteurs retiennent davantage l'attention, surtout la jeune Rebecca Hampton (à présent étiquetée "Plus Belle La Vie"...), dont les monologues et la danse endiablée sur du Mahler dénotent une vraie précocité et du talent.
This is a beautiful and thoughtful piece whose intellectualism does not detract from the sensitive depiction of a human drama. Rebecca Hampton gives an exquisite performance as a precocious and sensitive young girl reacting to her parents' separation, while Miéville's text is replete with symbolism and philosophy, ripe for repeated analysis. It's a real achievement that it can be enjoyed at so many different levels.
Miéville propagates somatic themes of the material as sperm/eye, mouth, ear, body and ovum manifest into image, speech, song, music and dance. Young Marie vouches for control over circumstance through her own creative modes of expression as whimsical “Für Elise” weds “When Johnny Comes Marching Home” in unification to the parents’ separation, incising the oval egg open in fertility to the mosaic fugue of Godard…