De Julie Vacher, film 2017, 19min
A village in northern France cut off by snowfall
awaits the arrival of a trapper. Alien body,
ogre or wolf, untold rumours about him spread
by word of mouth.
They propagate like a wave through the intertitles, leaving a landscape flooded in silence. Numbed by suspicion and cold, the faces of the villagers, unmoving, frontal, fill each tableau shot while the man is hunted down.
However, the snow is slowly melting. Between day and night the land becomes sodden. Movement enters the frame and the viewpoint starts to drift: from myth to empathy, from fear and makebelieve to a desire to encounter the other. The film is tinged with mild satire in an idiom that flirts with ethnography and the western. While the villagers embody the sedentary life, a form of austerity and potentially an archaic relationship with the land and the elements, the poacher appears as a trekker of landscapes, at home with matter, and a facilitator of experiences.
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