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FILMS

A House

O casă

74 films in 13 categories
Judith Auffray
France, Switzerland
82'


2019
Photo Film

V.O.

French

subtitles

English, Romanian


Original Title

Une maison

CATEGORY

ALL TOGETHER

synopsis

The definition of the house could be as follows: a place of routine, at the same time closed and open, in which you can circulate freely, a refuge or a stopover on the path of life, which is played mostly outside its walls. To reference back to the words of the mother of one of the seven psychologically challenged youngsters we watch during Judith Auffray’s film, it is a place without keys, locks, and codes, a place where you can imagine yourself spending your entire life. It is precisely a house in this sense that is usually refused to marginalized, or alienated people, to those who don’t fit the norms and are incapable of producing anything “useful,” having here in mind the definition that our societies give to this term. Those responsible with the small institutions that Auffray bring us into consider, in the vein of the pedagogue Fernand Deligny, that a human being needs to get what he or she deserves – dignity, intimacy, autonomy, in a word a house – for the mere reason that he or she is a human being, not in exchange for his or her utilitarian participation in society. The filmmaker doesn’t attempt to find out whether living with others, close to nature and freed from the constraints of the psychiatric ward as we see the seven youngsters doing, is a clinically efficient method. Her goal seems to be rather to map out the external manifestations of their obscure inner life: the slightly disarticulated manner in which they move their bodies, their immense energy, the way in which they occupy the space without trying to take it over, their enigmatic relationship with objects. (by Liri Alienor Chapelan)

awards and festivals

Cinéma du réel 2020

FIDMarseille - Festival International de Cinéma Marseille 2020
Images en bibliothèques 2020
Ji.hlava International Film Festival 2020, First Lights - Special Mention, Student Jury Award

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