Courtisane festival, notes on cinema, 23nd edition, 27 - 31 March 2024
An homage to the work of Yasujiro Ozu, in particular the father-daughter drama Late Spring (1949), but also to the relationship between Denis's mother and her grandfather. A widower (Alex Descas) and his daughter (Mati Diop) live together in an apartment in a Parisian suburb, until the moment arrives to let go. With great tenderness, Claire Denis films the everyday rhythms of two closely connected people who are confronted with the passing of time. "I once went to see some Ozu films with my mother, and I felt that the presence of the father in his films reminded her of her father — my grandfather. I felt increasingly inclined towards the desire to make a film about it. But in reality, I let go of the idea because I couldn’t immediately think of who could play that man. My grandfather was Brazilian; I could feel that he wasn’t French. Being a foreigner, it seemed as if his daughter was his only family. Even when I was little, I could see that he only had eyes for her."
French spoken with Dutch subtitles