Nearly a Century

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    Nearly a Century

    Presque un siècle

    Directed by

    France

    2019

    52 min

    • French

    Documentary

    Anyone who ventures to film the very old (Pascale Bodet’s grandmother is 99, almost a century) runs the risk of seeing the spectator’s eye caught by the picturesque side of very old age. Worse still: the film is found to be “comical”, “tender”, “touching”. Although NEARLY A CENTURY is a (very) funny film and (infinitely) moving, its is not simply, or uniquely, due to the humorous side of its cha­racters (Pierre, the grandmother’s friend, who plans his own funeral as if organising a gala) or to the atten­tion with which Pascale Bodet films the sluggish movements and wave­ring timbre of a very old lady whose life holds on inside a tiny perimeter – small efforts, small complaints, small annoyances. It is also because, with an innocence symmetrical to with that of its character, the film constantly questions not only this great age but also the actual possibi­lity of making it into a film. It begins with eyes and ears, as if to be assured that there will indeed be something to see and hear: the grandmother wor­ries about her granddaughter’s eyes and the filmmaker, in turn, begs her to put in her hearing aid. Behind the camera, the filmmaker says “granny”, but this is as much a granddaughter’s expression as that of a filmmaker in contact with her character and her film – all three of them on equal foo­ting until the gentle capitulation of a “yes, granny” comes as a perfect close.

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    Credits

    Cast
    France Bodet
    Pierre Machet
    Jacques
    Genevière Bodet
    Editing
    Ariane Mellet
    Pascale Bodet
    Production
    LES FILMS DU CARRY
    Pascale Bodet

    Pascale Bodet

    France

    Pascale Bodet directed self-produced feature films (HOREZON, 2003, IMPECCABLES GARDE-A-VOUS, 2004, LE CARRE DE LA FORTUNE, 2007). She’s currently working on a documentary project, L'ABONDANCE, awarded with a 'Brouillon d’un Rêve' stipendum and selected at the Bourges Scriptwriters Festival. She also worked as a film critic ('La Lettre du cinéma', 'Chronic'art', 'Trafic'), and has backed Serge Bozon for his series of performance-conferences 'Beaubourg : la dernière major !'.

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