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Suspended Time

Directed by Olivier Assayas
2024
France
105 minutes
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Olivier Assayas (Irma Vep, SFF 1997; Personal Shopper) returns with a delightful semi-autobiographical film about art, memory, and love in the time of COVID. The director’s most personal film yet.
As the world goes into COVID lockdown, film director Paul (Vincent Macaigne) and his music journalist brother Etienne (Micha Lescot) take refuge in their childhood home along with their respective partners. In this idyllic countryside home, filled with familiar objects, the brothers must negotiate living together again as the world beyond the house becomes increasingly unstable. Assayas himself narrates, based on his own diary, reflecting on his childhood, his relationship with his intellectual parents, and his deep connection to his childhood home. The result is playful, whimsical, filled with crêpes and charm.
That era’s oddity and intensity has largely been consigned to cliché or oblivion, but from those lost days, Assayas sketches out a stint en famille that’s warm, funny, and affectingly vulnerable
Nicolas Rapold, Sight and Sound
A poetic memoir, a brittle family-tension comedy, a game playing on the twin registers of storytelling and autobiography, in the tradition of that French literary genre called ‘autofiction’
Jonathan Romney, Screen International
Program Strand
Teaser
Original Title
HORS DU TEMPS
Year
2024
Country
France
Language
In French with English subtitles
Director
Olivier Assayas
Producer
Olivier Delbosc, Olivier Assayas
Cast
Vincent Macaigne, Nine D'Urso, Micha Lescot
Screenwriter
Olivier Assayas
Cinematographer
Eric Gautier
Editor
Marion Monnier
Premiere
Australian Premiere
Genre
Family
Company Credits
Sales Agent: Playtime
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