Cannes 2024: “My life my mouth”, the posthumous film by Sophie Fillières opens the competition

Cannes 2024: “My life my mouth”, the posthumous film by Sophie Fillières opens the competition
Cannes 2024: “My life my mouth”, the posthumous film by Sophie Fillières opens the competition

It is a profoundly free film, both in its form and in its subject matter. Presented at the opening of the Quinzaine des filmmakers, My life my face is the seventh and final feature film by director and screenwriter Sophie Fillières, who died at the end of filming. It was her children, Agathe and Adam Bonitzer, who took up the torch and completed the film following the instructions left by their mother.

It’s hard not to see this comedy constantly on the razor’s edge, between humor and darkness, absurd poetry and deep distress, a testamentary work. More than a self-portrait, it is an attempt, through a fictional character, to look life in the face and the time that remains.

“Pif”, “Paf” and “Youkou!” »

Barberie Bichette, who hates being called Barbie, is 55 years old, two grown children and a job that bores her. When she meets Bertrand, a childhood sweetheart, she thinks she sees death personified and collapses on a bench. After a long hospitalization, she leaves alone for England to find the place where she wants to be buried.

In three parts entitled “Pif”, “Paf” and “Youkou! », the filmmaker follows a woman who loses her balance, falls and then gets up on the other side of the Channel, agreeing to look death in the face.

From the first images, we fall into an everyday life that escapes realism. The comedy involves old-fashioned burlesque scenes, like when Barbie wants to offer a grenadine to two fake deaf-mutes who rob passers-by. In a new register, Agnès Jaoui offers her earthly presence to Barbie, supported by Angelina Woreth and Édouard Sulpice (the children) and Philippe Katerine, guardian angel in a Hawaiian shirt. A female character like we rarely see in the cinema, who looks at herself head-on in the mirror and imposes her offbeat gaze on the world. S.J.

My life my faceby Sophie Filières, France, 1:39 a.m.

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