Jeanne Balibar and Pierre Léon roam in tourist outfits through Paris and prepare a play with a producer who keeps changing her clothes. In a parallel world, another layer if you wish, actors rehearse their texts for a Greek tragedy on the beach at Deauville and at prominent Parisian locations. It is the story of Electra, probably a rather inefficient character, one who perseveres and refuses to give up the battle against injustice.
This absurd, slightly surrealist and occasionally humorous film looks like a theatre performance with its solemn dialogues and mise-en-scène issues. The makers, the actress Balibar and filmmaker Léon, however also use the medium by inserting screenshots of business e-mails - reflections on their plans. In addition, Balibar is a singer and she sings the texts as if the e-mails were edifying lieder. Electra, for Instance is, as one of the characters puts it, a true ‘culture souq’.

International title
Electra, for Instance
Filmmaker
Jeanne Balibar, Pierre Léon
Premiere
World premiere
Country
France
Year
2012
Medium
Betacam Digi PAL
Length
80’
Language
French
Producer
Martine Marignac
Production Company
Pierre Grise Productions
Sales
Pierre Grise Productions
Writer
Jeanne Balibar, Pierre Léon
Cinematography
Sébastien Buchmann, Jeanne Lapoirie
Editor
Martial Salomon, Pierre Léon
Sound Design
Maxence Dussère, Mathieu Descamps, Jean Mallet
Cast
Barbet Schroeder, Jeanne Balibar, Pierre Léon