Plus qu'hier, moins que demain

  • 86'
  • France
  • 1998
The family that is the subject of Laurent Achard's film is a fairly melodramatic one. Father is a drunkard, mother a strong, determined and vigorous woman. The restless teenage daughter Françoise loves her cousin Bernard - a good excuse to stay with her parents and her little brother Julien, while dreaming of a future with more music, a destination that matches her sixteen years and her teenage idols. In the garden shed lives a sexy Arab who does odd jobs in the house. Then the pretty messed-up elder sister Sonia comes home after a long stay away and rakes up all the details of the troubled family history.Achard tells this story in a controlled visual style that may know lyrical moments, but across the board he keeps the melodramatic elements of the story under control with detachedcamera-work, helped by the excellent portrayal of the off-beat characters. With Plus qu'hier, moins que demain Achard continues his reflections on the family from his short films: how can we link our own future with those of our nearest and dearest in order to create a shared history or to become what we are deep inside without betraying 'our own'.
Director
Laurent Achard
Premiere
International premiere
Country of production
France
Production Year
1998
Festival Edition
IFFR 1999
Length
86'
Medium
35mm
Language
French
Producers
Movimento Production, Raja Amari
Sales
Fortissimo Films
Screenplay
Laurent Achard
Cinematography
Philippe van Leeuw
Cast
Pascal Cervo