Paul Dédalus is preparing to leave Tajikistan and on his way he remembers his childhood in Roubaix, his mother’s attacks of madness, the bond that united him and his brother Ivan, he remembers turning sixteen and his father, the inconsolable widower. He remembers his trip to the USSR where a clandestine mission led him to offer up his own identity to a young Russian, he remembers himself at nineteen, his sister Delphine, his cousin Bob, the parties with Penelope, Mehdi and Kovalki, the friend who was to betray him, his years as a student in Paris, his meeting with Doctor Behanzin, his growing vocation for anthropology. But above all, Paul remembers Esther the love of his life that he will never forget.
Arnaud Desplechin was discovered in 1991 with his medium-length film La Vie des Morts. His first feature, The Sentinel, was chosen for the official competition at Cannes in 1997. His next film, My Sex Life (How I Got Into an Argument) revealed a whole new generation of young actors – notably Mathieu Amalric and Emmanuelle Devos. In fact, it’s his rapport with actors that add an extra dimension to Desplechin’s films, with his actors regularly receiving top awards for their work in his movies: two Césars for Best Male Newcomer (Emmanuel Salinger in The Sentinel and Mathieu Amalric in My Sex Life …), César for Best Actor (Mathieu Amalric in Kings and Queen), César for Best Supporting Actor (Jean-Paul Roussillon in A Christmas Tale), and the Cannes Film Festival 61st Anniversary Prize for Catherine Deneuve in A Christmas Tale. Five of Arnaud Desplechin’s films have been in official competition at Cannes.
Screened at the 4th Arava International Film Festival (2015)