A wickedly sarcastic dystopia about love in a world where there is no room for it. Russian premiere as part of The Sunset Fired a Hundred Suns programme.
2011, Jean-Baptiste Léonetti
77 minutes, French with Russian subtitles
Starring: Sami Bouajila, Julie Gayet, Jean-Pierre Andréani, Carlos Leal
“I want them all to be afraid of you,” says little Philippe’s mum before committing suicide. Growing up in an orphanage, Philip has fulfilled this admonition: he is in charge of dangerous tests for employees in an almighty corporation. His icy disposition is very fitting in a world where any emotion is frowned upon. Except that his wife Marie suddenly breaks the rules to bring some feelings back into the marriage.
Shot from Carré blanc, 2011
For some pretty difficult material, Léonetti has a decent debut on his hands and is definitely a filmmaker to follow.
— Nicholas Bell, ioncinema
Jean-Baptiste Léonetti’s debut film is one of the most unusual examples of modern dystopia. The image of the future he paints is absurdly unimaginable: anti-suicide nets are placed under every tall building, loud-speakers on the streets call for artificial insemination, and the weak literally go for cutlets.