Programmed by Arnaud Hée
In this collage, Jean-Daniel Pollet gathers together excerpts from some of his earlier films as well as a report by Jean Baronnet. Set to these images are the words of Philippe Sollers and Julia Kristeva who offer reflections about time, work, light and film…
We know that Pollet had a complicated and painful relationship with editing (“La Ligne de mire” ended up in the bin and “Méditerranée” almost joined it there), but in the late 1980s, “Contretemps” seemed to signal a kind of coming to terms. Using fragments of “Méditerranée”, “Bassae”, “L'Ordre”, “Pour mémoire” and “L'Acrobate” (as well as some superb scenes from “Skinoussa, paysage avec la chute d'Icare” directed par Jean Baronnet in 1981), Pollet and (during the editing) Françoise Gessler look back on a body of work whose coherence and obsessions are perceptible, some of which the couple Sollers and Kristeva spell out. With Pollet, everything seems to have to go through a phase of dissonance and incongruity in order to reach what it’s aiming for: bliss and harmony.
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