The film, adapted from the Eisner award nominated manga by Jiro Taniguchi, follows Thomas, a cynical and tired French comic artist who, while visiting his old family home, loses consciousness - only to awaken 40 years in the past in the body of his younger self. While here he faces the choice of changing events at the cost of his own future - and to unravel a lifelong mystery, the reason for his fathers mysterious disappearance that he knows will happen a few months after Thomas's arrival.Written by
Can a movie be the imagetrack of your childhood memories? Can a movie put you in such a disharmonic relationship with time?With what you were?With what you are?With what you could be? Out of the thousands of movies i've watched in my entire life,only very few can answer affirmatively to the above questions. Quartier Lointain does that in a very disarming and welcoming way.It puts you in a time bubble were allthe smaller or bigger significancies of the Past,the Present and the Future coexist in a mutual process of self cancellation.The drowned pain of a meaningless life(father),the life-affirming enthusiasm of the first love(girlfriend),the bitterness of an unjustified abandonment(by the father),the urge to please someone that can no longer be pleased(mother),all poured out of the psyche's Pandora box.You cannot intervene,you cannot change the course of things.All you can do is to passively feel.
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