Ben was Paddy's lover, and Jean's too. When Ben bike crashed and exploded, it blew up all he left behind as well. Since his death, Jean and Paddy have formed a couple of sorts. In their run-down, neglected house, they ignore each other, apparently hating yet never ceasing to love each other. Never together, they drift along together, each tossed in turn when he or she ventures into the sea that surrounds them. Jean works in a weapons factory. Paddy shuts herself up. And when Dorothée, Ben's little sister turns up one day, death is suddenly there on the doorstep again…
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If I had to define it, I'd say "Paddy" is a film noir without a crime plot. It's a modern romance. And Romanticism is always dark – remember that the Romantic movement's ambition was to bring down the Old World. It's the tragic story of Jean and Paddy, of a great love played out in downfall. It's important to stress that the characters in "Paddy" are part of real society. They're skilled workers in a high-tech sector, military lasers. They're young yet don't seem to have much time in front of them. They're in a hurry, driven by an inexplicable urgency, and die at full speed. At the speed of light perhaps.
Gérard Mordillat - Director