program

FILMS

Little Samedi

Micul Samedi

74 films in 13 categories
Paloma Sermon-Daï
Belgium
75'


2020
Photo Film

V.O.

French

subtitles

English, Romanian

producer

Michigan Films


Original Title

Petit Samedi

CATEGORY

WOMEN ON THE VERGE OF GENDER EQUALITY

synopsis

A frontal portrait of heroin addiction, “Petit Samedi” (“Little Samedi”) has all it takes to make very different types of audiences interested. It has a protagonist that one can easily grow fond of, Samedi, a man leading a quiet life somewhere in a Belgian village, far from the temptations of youth. Moreover, it presents his complex relationship with his mother, a woman who, in her attempt to help him heal, has to confront not only her son’s inner demons, but her own feelings of guilt as well. And it is hard not to see reflected, generally speaking, almost all mother-son relationships in this world, irrespective of the nature of the unspoken issues that linger between them, in this very tight bond the two share, one which allows for some of the most diverse manifestations – from the lightness of being to tensed scenes, marked by the expression of painful resentments. It is debutant filmmaker Paloma Sermon-Daï’s merit – the protagonists’ daughter, and sister, respectively - to have known how to depict with warmth and from the inside the extremely varied emotional colours of one of the most complex and mysterious types of couples there are. (by Andrei Rus)

* Adopted by: Sens Pozitiv

awards and festivals

Berlin International Film Festival 2020 – World Premiere

Docudays UA International Documentary Human Rights Film Festival 2021
Athens International Film Festival 2020 - Golden Athena Award for Best Documentary
DocAviv Film Festival 2020

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