IRÈNE

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IRÈNE

Alain Cavalier
F, 2009
Documentaries, 85min, OmeU

IRÈNE

Alain Cavalier
F, 2009
Documentaries, 85min, OmeU

Screenplay: 
Alain Cavalier
Sound: 
Florent Lavallée
Camera: 
Alain Cavalier
Editor: 
Alain Cavalier

Production: 
Camera One Pyramide Productions, Arte France Cinéma, Canal+, Cinécinéma
World Sales: 
Pyramide International 5, rue du Chevalier de Saint-George 75008 Paris, Frankreich T +33 1 42 96 02 20 distribution@pyramidefilms.com
Format: 
35 mm
Color

Irène is a film made literally by one person - a video diary shot and recorded by the filmmaker - using little more than his imagination and the happenstance and flow of the everyday, finally layering in a lifetime of memories. In this case, the filmmaker is Alain Cavalier who is now seventy-eight and in a reflective mood. As sequence follows sequence, he gradually opens up his memory chest, passing his field of view over his apartment, amusingly confessing his admiration for the actress Sophie Marceau, whom he has never met, and wondering if he should give her a call, before arriving at the true subject of this painfully touching self-portrait - his marriage.
Flipping through his decades-old diaries, Cavalier slowly removes the veil on his relationship with his first wife, who was tragically killed in a car accident in 1972. He struggles to make sense of his love for the beautiful, vivacious Irène, attempting to bring closure to their relationship and her death by laying bare some of the deepest intimacies of their time together. Amid the reveries, he is also made rudely aware of the present and the vulnerability of his own fragile body. (...) Alain Cavalier has created a modest masterpiece. (Piers Handling)