Somewhere in France, petty criminals Thomas and Francis take Wilfrid, owner of a car wash, hostage in his own home. Stockholm Syndrome seems to have affected Wilfred when it becomes clear he is aware that Thomas and Francis want to disappear with his money. He's not so bothered about being a hostage, as this gives him time to look after his garden, plus he likes the company. The summer stretches out; French girlfriends join the petty thieves. Gradually the situation starts getting out of hand.

Braquer Portiers is a magnificently composed film that captures the colour and languid feel of a hot summer; the soundtrack heightens the effect. The way the characters are presented seems a little pathetic, but this is deliberate: a method that both alienates and gives the film a sense of humour. Young filmmaker Claude Schmitz also makes highly characteristic theatre productions, often working with the same actors.

International title
Carwash
Filmmaker
Claude Schmitz
Country
France
Year
2018
Medium
DCP
Length
59’
Language
French
Producer
Annabelle Bouzom
Production Company
Les films de l'autre cougar
Sales
Les films de l'autre cougar
Writer
Claude Schmitz
Cinematography
Florian Berutti
Editor
Marie Beaune
Sound Design
Marc Doutrepont
Music
Thomas Turine
Cast
Wilfrid Ameuille, Thomas Depas, Francis Soetens, Lucie Guien, Hélène Bressiant, Bilal Aya, Olivier Zanotti