A young couple arrives on Easter Island to scatter the ashes of the man's brother, who died suddenly. They are held up by a strike on this isolated patch of earth. Given the trials of mourning, of exile, and of conflict with the islanders, the couple unravels. But contact with this sublime island enables them to begin rebuilding...
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A man goes to Easter Island to respect his brother's last wishes. Unwritingly, he begins to take his brother's place, and thus glimpses the possibility of becoming his own brother. The actor floats on the surface of this mystery between two men who are almost one. He vacillates between the wrenching experience of mourning and the joy of finding his own brother within himself, at the risk of losing his own identify. Henri Herré slowly draws a series of increasingly large circles around the complicated enigma of our relationship to the "other". That "other" may be as familiar as a brother or as distant as the people who raised the famous statues of the island, about whom we know nothing. The voyage ends in an encounter with 'difference' as written on the faces of the inhabitants of Easter Island, reminding us that the world doesn't end with ourselves. Movies are interesting when they lead to another world which contains things that already concerns us, creating the strange yet familiar feeling that the further you go the more you discover yourself in others./
(Henri-François Imbert - Director, in "L'Acid", 3rd quarter 1999)