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Crazy Quilt

DIR: Françoise Lebrun
2011 / France / 51 min

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Seated on a podium in a cinema as if for a typical Q&A after a screening, Françoise Lebrun, actress here behind the camera (but in front of it too), begins by the end and politely warns her interlocutor: it will be a question of a work in the style of a quilt, of a crazy quilt. That is, of a filmed autobiography where the “I” appears unruly, like a patchwork. With the help of which pieces? Those collected on her return to England, in the places where she passed her youth, looking for her British pen pal. But this is a pretext for a more sweeping recollection that leads from the precise memories of a young girl to the very particular imagination of an entire island. Ambulation amidst the old stones and also those that replaced them, ecstatic walk in an English garden with a specialist gardener, recollection of the Bloomsbury group of painters and writers around Virginia Woolf, a make-believe meeting with David Hockney in a street: everything here adopts the colors of a tamed fantasy. The adventure, after having come across a statue of Peter Pan surrounded by birds and a fine plate of pears, comes to an end at her place, in the French countryside, in a solid building that an English couple would love to purchase. We’ve come full circle: bits and pieces of memory are revived; we can now rest under the eiderdown, the quilt has settled down. At least for now. Jean-Pierre REHM

About

Director Françoise Lebrun
Screenplay
Dir. of Photography Pierre Creton
Editing Pierre Creton, Françoise Lebrun
Music
Sound Graciela Barrault
Duration 51 min
Year 2011
Country France
Colour Colour
Tags filmic diary, portrait, private, staged
Production Caimans productions, CinéCinéma
Caimans productions
Address:  16 Rue Bleue
City:  75009 Paris
Country:  France
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Cell phone:  0033 6 62 44 32 21

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