A village in the French countryside inhabited mainly by the elderly people. Their life is slow and still, as if time stopped many years ago. Indeed, time always stops when something crucial happens in life; the end of love or a loss of a loved one. Every villager has his or hers own intimate sorrows, griefs, moments of joy. All of them share the same 'pain relief', which happens in this case to be a local radio station broadcasting in an old-fashioned style and that is at the heart of their community. Valéry Rosier makes a subtle yet spectacular portrait of these people, captured in the intimate moments of loneliness, nostalgia, longing. They are silently portrayed at their homes, in the local Luna Park, in the old interiors and derelict surroundings of provincial Europe, filmed as contemporary installations of passing and recurring time. These expressive visuals seem both compassionate and ironic at the same time.

Filmmaker
Valéry Rosier
Country
France, Belgium
Year
2013
Medium
DCP
Length
52’
Language
French
Producer
Delphine Schmit, Isabelle Mathy, Denis Delcampe
Production Company
Perspective Films, Need Productions
Sales
Doc & Film International
Writer
Valéry Rosier
Cinematography
Olivier Boonjing, Mathieu Cauville
Editor
Nicolas Rumpl, Didier Vandewattyne
Sound Design
Arnaud Calvar, Guilhem Donzel, Aurélie Valentin, Olivier Wils
Website
http://perspectivefilms.fr/silence-radio