Programmed by Lysa Heurtier Manzanares
Jean-René, a former labourer, is now retired. He has lived in Mâcon, in mainland France, since he emigrated from Réunion at the age of 17. Today, and for the first time, he breaks the silence to tell his story to his daughter. His account unveils the dreams and mysterious sorrows that find their roots in the scars of French colonialism.
The first documentary by the filmmaker Erika Étangsalé is a beguiling film that transports us into buried memories, into subconscious images, those that reappear on nights illuminated by dreams. The share of mystery in the transmission of family history remains that unsolved entity, even if, through the making of this film, she is finally offered access to her father’s hitherto silenced youth. The film’s beauty and gentleness come from this unexplained part that, nevertheless, transpires beyond simple words. It is stomach to stomach, from her father’s to hers, from hers to ours, that the film travels, allowing us to mourn things we do not even understand, although they are part of us.
Lysa Heurtier Manzanares