Jean-Gabriel Périot

Jean-Gabriel PÉRIOT (1974, France) is a filmmaker of short films and is often inspired by images from archives. His films have a strong emotional approach and contain historical political themes. Périot's work has been screened and awarded at many international film festivals.

Filmography

(all short) Parades amoureuses/Loving Flirts (2000), Gay? (2000), Journal intime/Intimated Diary (2001), 21.04.02 (2002), Avant j'étais triste/Before I Was Sad (2002), Et pourquoi pas: "bodymakers, falbala, bazaar" etc... etc...(2002), Lovers (2004), Rain (2004), Devil Inside (2004), We Are Winning Don't Forget (2004), Medicalement (2005), Undo (2005), Dies Irae (2005), Under Twilight (2006), Eût-elle été criminelle…/Even if She Had Been a Criminal… (2006), 200 000 Fantômes/200 000 Phantoms (2007), Entre chiens et loups/Between Dogs and Wolves (2008), L'art delicat de la matraque/The Delicat Art of the Bludgeon (2009), Les Barbares/The Barbarians (2010), Regarder les morts/Looking at the Dead (2011), Nos jours, absolument, doivent être illuminés/Our Days, Absolutely, Have to be Enlightened (2012), The Devil (2012), Le jour a vaincu la nuit/The Day has Conquered the Night (2013), L'optimisme/Optimism (2013), We Are Become Death (2014)

Jean-Gabriel Périot at IFFR

Ô mon amour

Ô mon amour

Éric, 35, who is a literature professor, is getting ready to leave for Chile where he is taking part in an academic seminar. Before leaving home, Éric kisses his partner, Stéphane, who is still sleeping. When he arrives at his hotel in the small Chilean town where the seminar is taking place, he is greeted by Alejandro, a particularly attractive student who is helping to organise the seminar. The next morning, Éric meets up with Isabelle, one of his childhood friends who now lives in Santiago. The two friends who have not seen each other for some time are evidently very close. After several drinks at the hotel bar, they head off to the seminar’s opening party. The atmosphere is pretty relaxed but they are soon bored by their colleagues’ discussions about work. Éric notices Alejandro who is dancing with some other students. Alejandro realises that Éric is watching him and winks at him, cheekily. The next evening, after a day of conferences, in a restaurant, Éric talks to Alejandro. They have a lively chat about Alejandro’s studies, the post-pornography queer, and they slowly come closer together, their eyes meeting more and more often. They take advantage of the room being darkened during a corporate film to kiss each other. They sneak out of the restaurant like a couple of naughty kids once the light comes back on and the official speeches start. They keep stopping along the way to kiss each other, dance together clumsily and invent themselves a future. Upon arriving in Éric’s bedroom, they throw themselves on each other, eagerly. Time goes by quickly. Éric and Alejandro take part in the seminar but whenever they can, they slip away together. When Isabelle tries to talk to Éric about his relationship with Stéphane, he does not have much to say. What is most important for him is to live in the present, enjoy it to the fullest. When Éric gets home, he remains distant. He is impatient to go back to Chile. Éric decides to lie to Stéphane and tell him that he has to go to Chile urgently to replace a guest of Isabelle’s who has had to cancel his trip at the last minute. Stéphane is not sure he believes Éric. He exposes his doubts to Éric but Éric gives no answer. Éric joyfully rings Alejandro’s doorbell. Alejandro is surprised to see him there. Éric had not told him he was coming. The situation remains uncomfortable until Alejandro gets over the surprise and they kiss. The flames of their passionate encounter are rekindled. Éric tells Alejandro that he will stay home and wait for him to come back from university. Alejandro immediately loses his temper. There is no way Éric is staying there. Éric apologises; it was a joke; he really did not want to disturb Alejandro. Éric tries to understand what part of their relationship is an issue for Alejandro. They had such a wonderful time together, carefree and in love. It is precisely that. For Alejandro, the beauty of that moment was possible because they were both outside of their usual routines, which now is no longer the case… They go back to Éric’s hotel room but no longer make love the same way. Once Alejandro has come, he shows no sign of affection and leaves Éric on his own…

Jean-Gabriel Périot
  • 90'

  • France