After ten years away, Jacques Pruez,an unmarried, 50-year-old, modestly successful actor, returns to his home village to comfort his dying mother. His father Yvan, a family barber who's counting on his "successful" son to support him in his old age, refuses to believe that his wife is sick and insists that her doctors are killing her. She dies, and Jacques finds out that Yvan is not his real father. Besieged by memories of his childhood, the village and the past, Jacques wanders the streets at night, reliving the moments that set him apart from the rest...
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“Jacques, the prodigal son who ‘went up to Paris to go on the stage’, returns to his native village in the southwest of France. His mother dies and Jacques attends the funeral in the gentle village atmosphere, while mending the broken ties with his family, friends, and other characters from his youth. There is something reminiscent of Pialat, minus his darkness, in this naturalistic self-portrait of a man alone with his life and the homosexuality that sets him apart. Nolot, Téchiné’s actor and co-writer, acts in and directs a debut feature that is delicate and daring at once, a film that rings true in its confessions of secrets and reflections of everyday life, which it grasps with great tact and humor. The film slowly builds up in strength and leaves us with shuddering hearts, like a poem whose last lines are the most unsettling.”
(Article in “Le Point”, August 28th 1998)