Shock Waves – Diary of My Mind

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    Shock Waves – Diary of My Mind

    Ondes de choc – Journal de ma tête

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    70 min

    • French


    On 27 February 2009, pupil Benjamin Feller commits a crime which he has meticulously described beforehand in a diary entry. He goes to the post office to send the diary entry to his teacher before he shoots his parents and turns himself in to the police. His teacher Esther Fontanel tries to understand the events in retrospect. But as the journal’s addressee, she is increasingly targeted by the police herself. Through her two protagonists, Ursula Meier gently approaches a horrific crime which is placed in the context of literature and creativity at school via the use of flashbacks. Meier has been working together with Kacey Mottet Klein, who plays Benjamin as an inscrutable, fragile youngster, since he appeared in Home (2008) and has even dedicated a short documentary to him (Kacey Mottet Klein, Birth of an Actor). His performance is as tender as that of Fanny Ardant, who plays the teacher. These unequal counterparts circle each other cautiously and insecurely in this cinematic dance of injured souls. Part of a four-part series on true cases.


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    Fanny Ardant
    Kacey Mottet-Klein
    Jean-Philippe Ecoffey
    Stéphanie Blanchoud
    Carlo Brandt
    Jean-Quentin Châtelain
    Ursula Meier
    Antoine Jaccoud
    Jeanne Lapoirie
    Nelly Quettier


    Ursula Meier returns in short, sharp form with this needling, fact-based moral puzzler

    Guy Lodge, Variety

    Ursula Meier

    Ursula Meier


    "I like the marginal characters in movies, that they don't look like other people, that they feel out of the world, they feel differently."

    Swiss and French, Ursula Meier studied filmmaking in Belgium. She then began her directing career with successful short films and documentaries. Her feature debut HOME premiered in the 2008 Semaine de la Critique at Cannes, was nominated for three Césars in 2009 and won awards including the Swiss Film Prize for Best Fiction Film. SISTER won a Special Award Silver Bear at the 2012 Berlinale. In 2014, she was involved in the omnibus film BRIDGES OF SARAJEVO which was presented in the official selection at the Cannes Film Festival. SHOCK WAVES - DIARY OF MY MIND screened in the Panorama Special section of the Berlinale 2018.

    Selected Filmography