Vincent Dieutre’s experimental film is a poetic meditation on home, homelessness, and the fragility of connections between humans.
For over a year Vincent Dieutre filmed migrants living under a bridge by Jaurès metro station in Paris from the window of the flat that belonged to his lover Simon. The footage documenting the life of their homeless neighbors is the only souvenir the filmmaker kept after their breakup.
Although the love story is only implicitly present throughout the film, it gets dramatically interwoven with stories of people who live without home, family or confidence in the future. Dieutre’s voiceover, added during the editing, raises the questions of the border between the personal and the political and the distance between the classes living in one city.
The film won a Teddy Jury Award and a Caligari Film Award (Special Mention) at the 2012 Berlin Film Festival.
Director Vincent Dieutre
France, 2012. 83 min.