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France, 2009

Production : Redstar Cinéma, Dard Dard Association

Programmed by Pascal Catheland





A man has been living for thirty years as a recluse in a forest in France. Alone, he hews out deep underground tunnels and galleries, which he decorates with old-fashioned engravings. They must withstand the planetary disaster that has been announced, and they must explain things, through their perceptive messages, to future inhabitants. The film recounts this experience as lived on the sidelines of modern society, affected as it is by human wretchedness and the loss, once and for all, of a perfect world.

Tënk's opinion

For Jean-Marie, there’s not enough room on Earth. And the population crisis that grips him with such fear, due to the disaster it foreshadows, takes on more concrete shape in a surprising way with all the holes that he digs, dotted around the forest. He is at it tooth and nail hoisting all those boulders out of the soil of his fertile land. By the end of the film we are still left wondering whether he is a madman or genius. This fascinating character that captivates us from start to finish, plus the tight cinematography have all the makings of a cult film.

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