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Tentative d'épuisement d'un lieu parisien

A Feature film by Jean-Christian Riff

Produced by Les Films d'Ici

Production year : 2007

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Production and distribution

Associate production company :

Les Films d'Ici

Synopsis

In October 1974, French author Georges Perec spent three consecutive days at Place Saint-Sulpice in Paris. He noted everything he saw in a 50-page notebook: ordinary events in the street, people, vehicles, animals, clouds and time passing by. The film follows the same approach by showing Place Saint-Sulpice today, with Perec's text, read by an actor in voiceover, accompanying the images. Spectators seem to watch a description of and thinking about space, as though the film were the account of an ethnologist observing the site today.

But little by little, they understand that this voice is from another time. The play between similarities and discrepancies between the text and the image then produces a new meditation and even an imaginary world: something from the past sporadically emerges. Passersby are like "people returning," ghosts. Disappearances, absence start making themselves felt.

Full credits (5)

Executive Producer :

Richard Copans

Sound recordist :

Florence Hermitte

Editor :

Agnès Brückert

Author of original work :

Georges Perec

Production manager :

Sylvie Henrion

Technical details

Feature film

Genres :

Documentary

Production language :

French

Production country :

France

Original French-language productions :

Unknown

Production year :

2007

French release :

Runtime :

1 h 13 min

Current status :

Visa number :

114.619

Approval :

Color type :

Color

Aspect ratio :

16/9

Audio format :

Stereo

Director