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Marina de Van
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In Paris, thirty-one-year-old gay fashion photographer Romain learns he has a terminal cancer. As chances with chemotherapy are only slim, he chooses to live the rest of his life without treatment or mollycoddling, hiding the truth from his lover Sasha and his family, being cruel to kindly push them away. He visits his estranged grandmother Laura for a few days and has a small talk with a waitress he chance meets along the way, a waitress who, upon a second chance meeting, asks him for an unusual favor. Romain returns to Paris where he privately puts his affairs in order and awaits the end. Written by
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil / revised by statmanjeff
This film's main theme is such a cliché and so simple: What would you do if you are told that you only have 2-3 months to live? How would you deal with things? Would you fight, and do everything in your power to, perhaps, experience that curing miracle, or would you accept things, as a matter of course... and wait for death to come. This film really makes you think. The main character, marvelously performed by Melvil Poupaud, is not really a sympathetic man, is he? Or is he? Aren't you master of your own life, especially when you have a short time left... He obviously wishes to solve some "personal problems" (relations with people around him which he doesn't find as they should be) in an accelerated, black and white way. To create something clear and defined before dieing... Obviously his life had been a mess. But relations are also about giving and taking, and about accepting imperfect things in relationships. Throughout the movie you get more sympathy with Romain. The telephone call with his sister (whom he had told some unkind things just before) is moving. 'It isn't about you, it's about me". Didn't Fassbinder tell us "Each man kills the thing he loves"... Do you want to protect others by not saying you are going to die... This is altruism in an egoistic way, isn't it? The film is a melodrama, but in my case it made me think... And that's the purpose of a good film, isn't it? All the characters are well typecast and performed. At times the film is even moving, but a tearjerker it never becomes... It's not a new "Love Story". Romain's "Pardon", a sorry softly spoken, with nobody around and never addressed to the person it was meant to, was a moving moment in the film. Also the fact that Romain being gay (and his gay life style) is no theme for the plot in the film, is absolutely refreshing. Homosexuality should just be one of the many facts of life (in the lives of many). (Joris, Amsterdam)
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