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Sablé-sur-Sarthe, Sarthe
© Pointligneplan
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AUTEUR(S)-RÉALISATEUR(S)

Paul Otchakovsky-Laurens

PRODUCTION / DIFFUSION

L' Arsenal, Flight Movie, TV5, Canal 8 (Le Mans)

PARTICIPATION

CNC, Région Pays de la Loire

ORGANISME(S) DÉTENTEUR(S) ou DÉPOSITAIRE(S)

Flight Movie, Pointligneplan, ADAV

ISAN : ISAN 0000-0001-EF26-0000-5-0000-0000-M
COMMENT VISIONNER CE FILM ?

Paul Otchakovsky-Laurens est arrivé à Sablé après la mort de son père en 1946. Il avait un an. Sa mère tombant gravement malade, il a été adopté par une vieille cousine qui l'y a élevé jusqu'en 1962. Il s'est passé, durant sa vie là-bas, des événements qui l'ont déterminé pour de longues années, des choses graves sur lesquelles le silence est tombé et qui sont devenues ce que l'on appelle improprement un secret de famille. C'est là aussi qu'il a découvert par hasard ses origines juives. Il s'est agi pour lui de rendre compte de l'espace de ces silences. Il a voulu rendre ces lieux, ces temps, une vie d'enfant puis d'adolescent dans une petite ville de province immobile, refermée, épieuse. Enquête sur le devenir d'une communauté de province, ses paysages, ses rues et ses habitants, recherches d'archives familiales et retour sur le récit de souvenirs personnels, c'est une telle tresse qu'a choisi de nouer le film.

Paul Otchakovsky-Laurens was only a year old when he arrived in Sablé-sur-Sarthe following his father’s death in 1946. When his mother fell seriously ill, he was adopted by an aged cousin who brought him up until 1962. During his life there, many events took place, which shaped him, serious events which were not spoken about and which became what we refer to clumsily as family secrets. It was there, too, that he stumbled across his Jewish origins. What he aimed to do was to recreate the magnitude of those silences. He wanted to bring those spaces and those times to life, the life of a child and then an adolescent in a stagnant, inward-looking little provincial town with its twitching curtains. Ridding oneself of a weighty secret, as Freud would have us believe, presupposes that it be brought out into the open. Yet, when such a secret is caught up in the shape of a town, it is then the town that becomes the stumbling block, which needs to be put under the spotlight. It needs to be overcome, described and unearthed so that it can be patiently dismantled.
An examination of the evolution of this provincial community, its landscapes, streets and inhabitants, research into family archives and a revisiting of accounts of personal memories is the plait, which the film tries to weave. While refusing to give pride of place to any one of these three strands at the expense of the others, this film brings us both a gently paced and modest confession and a portrait of a particular kind of France.

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  • Le 3 Juin 2009
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