La vie de Jean-Marie

  • 166'
  • Netherlands
  • 2015
For six years, Peter van Houten (whose work has been screened at IFFR more often) filmed his protagonist Jean-Marie to show how this pastor - now in his seventies - maintains the church life of 25 villages deep in the French Pyrenees. Van Houten follows him much the way a dog can follow his boss: patiently, reliably and lovingly, he continues to stay close. And he is quite right. I’ve seldom seen such a captivating ‘boss’. The strange pastor/farmer never stops talking, but does so with such a disarming honesty and spontaneity that you can’t help falling for him.
You really have to take your time - Van Houten has developed a slow cinema all of his own, with a camera that lingers more than it captures - but the investment certainly pays: For instance, with a truly beautiful declaration of love by the pastor to a local woman that lasts for several minutes.
Director
Peter van Houten
Premiere
World premiere
Country of production
Netherlands
Production Year
2015
Festival Edition
IFFR 2015
Length
166'
Medium
DCP
International title
The Life of Jean-Marie
Languages
Dutch, French
Producer
Peter van Houten
Production Company
Anna-Zharkov-Film
Sales
Anna-Zharkov-Film
Screenplay
Peter van Houten
Cinematography
Peter van Houten
Editor
Peter van Houten
Production Design
Peter van Houten
Sound Design
Rut Uijtendaal
Music
Katarzyna Ewald-Alemany
Local Distributor
Anna-Zharkov-Film
Website
http://anna-zharkov-film.com