• Patrice Leconte
  • France
  • 2004, 80 min
Script: Patrice Leconte
Photography: Jean–Marie Dreujou
Editing: Joëlle Hache
Sound: Didier Lizé, Jean Goudier, Dominique Hennequin
Music: Etienne Perruchon
Color: Colour
Language: French

It begins with music, a composition by Etienne Perruchon that accompanies the director's trip through the Cambodian kingdom. Music precedes the image, shaping and organising the film. _ The radiant shots do not evoke a past in which millions of people were killed under the Khmer Rouge. The film's subjective emotion, extending as far as into a minefield, endeavours to exalt the beauty of the land and the contemporary life it is home to. The film's only text is the director's expressed intention to create a work uniquely musical in character, without characters, and without a story. _ The Dogorien language, used in Perruchon's symphonic suite, is non-existent; it is the invention of the composer, whose design was to create a pure language of emotion, composed of Slavic phonemes (the chorus is sung by a Bulgarian children's choir). _ The Slavic accents of the musical piece are transported through the Cambodian landscape, and this special combination is a reference to created film landscapes. It is as though the ethnically inauthentic music reminds us that the emotions experienced through film can be both universal and undifferentiating. _ In comparison with the famous trilogy by Godfrey Reggio, focusing on the relationship between man, nature, and technology, Leconte's film puts its faith more in using a stream of refined images, it is born out of the moment and out of music, which, however, unlike the minimalism of Glass, offers an operatic departure point.

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Festival edition: 2006
Sections: Living Square
Exhibition format: 35 mm
Subtitle languages: Czech


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