Nicolas (Max Brebant) lives with his mother in a remote spot. It’s an island where only mothers live with their little sons. White houses have been built on a volcanic landscape surrounded by the mysterious ocean. This sea is portrayed in a poetic way. Surging seaweed, sunlight on the water, unruly waves. The fluorescent red tints of the starfish on the bottom look like a warning; within this narrative world, nothing is what it seems.
For instance, the little boys have strange operations in the hospital, a central part of the small community. At the same time, their mothers, with their dark hair and bleached eyebrows, become part of a shadowy spectacle. This evokes a contrast between the all-consuming ocean and the aloofness in the clinic.
A timeless, esoteric fairytale about growth. With the sea beating on the rocks as metaphor for the irreversibility of growth and saying farewell to childhood.

Filmmaker
Lucile Hadzihalilovic
Country
France, Belgium, Spain
Year
2015
Medium
DCP
Length
81’
Language
French
Producer
Sylvie Pialat, Benoît Quainon, Julien Naveau, Genevieve Lemal, John Engel, Sebastián Álvarez
Production Company
Les Films du Worso, Noodles Productions, Scope Pictures, Left Field Ventures, Volcano Int. Prod
Sales
Wild Bunch
Writer
Alanté Kavaïté
Cinematography
Manu Dacosse
Editor
Nassim Gordji-Tehrani
Production Design
Laia Colet
Music
Jesús Díaz, Zacarías M. de la Riva
Cast
Julie-Marie Parmentier, Max Brebant