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After fifteen years' absence, Coco returns to the family homestead. Five-year-old Aurélie already loves this stranger. Her older sister, Christelle, mistrusts him and foresees the chain of events that his intrusion will cause. The adults can't or won't see what's going on. Not Francky, not Alex, Coco's two brothers, not even their mother, the last hope for family unity. When tragedy befalls them, they fight each other like insects in a trap. The clan's explosion is inevitable. Maybe, deep down, it was actually necessary? For, it's from darkest obscurity that a glimmer of light can shine forth.
I look at my childhood and bang up against a distant time wherein I can
change nothing, transform nothing. Events shaped me, but I didn't control
them. They don't belong to me and they're forever irreversible. Making
movies, in particular this one, my first, is a way of grabbing hold of that
distant time, that primitive world. I imagine it'll be the same with future
films, although they'll tell different tales. For this film is fiction. I
love stories, they're the joy that has stayed with me since childhood.
Hélène Angel - Director, Locarno Film Festival catalogue, 1999