Programmed by Benoît Hické
The only daughter of the wealthiest oilman in the south of the US, 26-year-old Taelor Ranzau grew up in one of Houston’s richest neighbourhoods. At 14, the sudden and mysterious death of her father put an end to her idyllic childhood and led to a life of drugs, alcohol and playing with guns. Her inheritance, estimated at over 500 million dollars, became a curse. The film offers a portrait of a lost and decadent generation in Donald Trump’s contemporary America.
With this flamboyant film that brings to mind the road-movie tradition (e.g. Nicolas Roeg’s “Walkabout”) or those portraits of America sickened by its excesses (like the ones Hal Ashby made), Peduzzi pulls off the amazing feat of combining the power of the real world and the phantoms of fiction. Having lost all her bearings, off her head on tranquilisers, rich yet destitute, Taelor Ranzau rips through the night with her friends and their guns in their massive trucks. She burns the candle at both ends as she tries to swallow life’s bitter pill. She does what she can, confronting her uncle in a scene worthy of the Hollywood dramas of the 1950s. Like her, we’re at risk of ODing, half way between exasperation and compassion, watching the astounding dignity shown by this girl from today’s America, an America that was just about to elect Donald Trump. Maud Geffray’s music underlines the Lynch-like flashes dotted throughout this movie, and heralds what’s to come – “Ghost Song”, which opened the ACID line-up in the 2021 Cannes Film Festival and can be seen as the natural follow-up, the flip-side to “Southern Belle”.
Programmer and professor