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France, 2004

Original music : PJ Harvey Production : Celluloid Dreams

Programmed by Line Peyron




Filming a work in progress, Claire Denis follows the French choreographer Mathilde Monnier for the duration of a creation. From writing to directing, the relationship to the body is approached in all its angles, showing the common language of two artists and weaving infinite bridges between dance and cinema.

Tënk's opinion

"In each gesture there is resistance and abandonment". It is with these words that the French choreographer Mathilde Monnier expresses her relationship to dance and more precisely to the body. Claire Denis has followed her throughout her creation, from writing to directing and through the rehearsals. Let's admit that cinema is a skin, we can therefore understand the reasons why the filmmaker alternates between the use of super 8 and 16mm. Finding the right material, the ideal texture, this is part of the research that brings the two artists together in their approches. From the discreet presence of the camera is born a constant attention to gestures, leaving it to each spectator to follow the curves drawn by the film. In the end, this film suggests that cinema and dance share the same language, where it is no longer clear who feeds off the other. With infinite delicacy, Claire Denis films the future of a dance piece as a process of desire.

Tom Bidou
Visions du Réel


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