Les enfants du placard

  • 105'
  • France
  • 1977
Jacquot's second film is a somber yet psychologically intricate film about a brother and sister who cross paths in the Jardins du Luxembourg after many years. Nicola (Lou Castel) lives a precarious existence, moving from hotel to hotel, while Juliette (Brigitte Fossey) has settled on a compromised but luxurious lifestyle, by marrying her father's shady business partner. When they meet for lunch, Juliette kisses a homemade tattoo on Nicola's arm, the sign of their devotion to one another as well as the profound guilt they share. At the time, Jacquot wrote that Les enfants du placard was the story of an impossible love. 'This amorous impasse takes shape in the most complex bond there is, that between brother and sister. It is a theme that has been explored quite often in literature, by Musil, by Thomas Mann - of whom I had to think when I made the film - and of course for Cocteau. I make films people can believe in. I even believe in them myself and try to make them in such a way that the film is inculcated with my own faith, so that all who watch the film will allow themselves to be captivated by the story.' With Jean Sorel in the role of Berlu and the beautiful Isabelle Weingarten as Juliette's friend Laure. (KJ)
Director
Benoît Jacquot
Country of production
France
Production Year
1977
Festival Edition
IFFR 2005
Length
105'
Medium
35mm
Language
French
Producers
Institut National de l'Audiovisuel, Michel Chanderli
Production Company
Sunchild Productions
Screenplay
Benoît Jacquot
Cinematography
Pierre Lhomme
Editor
Fanette Simonet
Production Design
Raoul Albert
Music
Robert Schumann
Cast
Brigitte Fossey, Lou Castel, Jean Sorel, Georges Marchal, Isabelle Weingarten