Freddy, Fred, lives with his mother Yvette in Bailleul. She runs a bar called "Au petit Casino". While undergoing treatment at a specialist hospital in Bailleul for the epileptic fits that leave him feeling confused, Freddy hangs out with his pals. They're not yet twenty, rural, poorly educated and already permanent fixtures of the local dole office, whiling away the days on their customized scooters. Fred has a girlfriend - his true love - the beautiful Marie, who is a supermarket check-out clerk. They often make love at Fred's place; his mother takes no notice. Marie's parents live a little further up the street but Freddy doesn't go inside their place. They linger outside, for hours on end, kissing on the pavement. They often linger, clinging to each other... This account of Freddy's life slowly veers toward tragedy...
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While writing the story of La Vie de Jésus, I realized that I was tackling ambiguous characters and an unusual plot. I was particularly aware of this because it was what I wanted. It's the substance of the film. I was examining the folds of human nature, the pleats... It was a matter of love and hatred. Of their power. I knew that I was aiming to film the interior. The inside. In the guts. And that I would have to paint the earth. The earth and the trees. The colours of the plain. People's lives. Their faces. Their body parts. That because of this humility - because of its perseverance and that of time - there would be an overspill. (Bruno Dumont)