Human Geography, which forms a duology with Gare du Nord, was shot entirely in the huge and confusing railway station of that name in Paris. The filmmaker was obviously not primarily interested in the building or in the trains that arrive and depart, but in the people who hang around there. These people don’t usually leave and nor do they arrive, but they stay there almost permanently, as if it were one large village square.
The guide in this film is Simon Mérabet, a sociologist of Algerian descent, just as in the fictional part of the duology, Gare du Nord, where the main character is a sociologist of Algerian descent.
The conversations that Mérabet has with the inhabitants of the station are very informal, often humorous and regularly moving. The interviewees reveal the great dramas in their lives to the genial professor fairly quickly.

International title
Human Geography
Filmmaker
Claire Simon
Country
France
Year
2013
Medium
DCP
Length
101’
Language
French
Producer
Richard Copans
Production Company
Les Films d'Ici
Sales
Les Films d'Ici
Writer
Claire Simon
Cinematography
Claire Simon
Editor
Catherine Rascon, Luc Forveille
Sound Design
Sylvain Copans, Thomas Gastinel, Olivier Hespel
Music
Miles Davis
Website
http://lesfilmsdici.fr/fr/catalogue/1233-geographie-humaine.html