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Scenes of Intrigue and Violence: THE FILMS OF ANDRÉ TÉCHINÉ
(A Selected Retrospective)
Weekends, July 22 - August 27
"I think that one never grows up emotionally. We grow up physically, intellectually,
socially, and even morally but never emotionally. Recognition of this fact can be either
terrifying or deeply moving. Everyone handles it in their own way." -André Téchiné
André Téchiné is one of the most important post New Wave French
directors and has distinguished himself through elegant films that delve into the
complexities of human emotion and relationships. Known particularly for his ability to
draw strong performances out of his female performers, Téchiné has collaborated
with some of his country's most respected actresses, and some of the best examples of his
work were his collaborations with Catherine Deneuve: Hotel des Amériques
(1981), Le Lieu du Crime (1986), and Ma Saison Préférée
(1993). Téchiné has subsequently continued to make moody, dysfunctional
romantic dramas that are tinged with an element of intrigue or violence.
Téchiné had his greatest success to date with Les Roseaux Sauvages
(Wild Reeds), for which he won César Award for Best Director, Best Picture
and Best Original Screenplay. The Facets Cinémathèque is very proud to present
seven of his features films as a part of this selected retrospective. Presented in
collaboration with the Cultural Services of the French Embassy.
MY FAVORITE SEASON
(MA SAISON PRÉFÉRÉE)
"My Favorite Season is one of
those intriguingfilms that functions without a plot, and uses instead an intensecuriosity
about its characters." -Roger Ebert
"Techine echoes the emotional fearlessness of a Bergman or Cassavetes in trying to
capture the difficult, unruly essence of his characters' inner lives...Techine directs
his expert stars with mostly unobtrusive grace, so his rare emphatic moments have unusual
impact." -New York Times
Tip of the Week! "The subtlety and conviction of Téchiné's widescreen
framing and agile cutting is as momentous as the close-in performances he gets from
actors" -New City Chicago
haunting, and luminous...Deneuve's performance is a revelation" -Chicago Reader
An intense family drama about a middle-aged brother and sister (Catherine Deneuve and
Daniel Auteuil), a provincial lawyer and a skilled surgeon, respectively, coming to terms
with what they have become professionally and personally following their aging mother's
disintegration after a stroke. The painful emotional realities that are disclosed lead to
violent consequences. Téchiné himself describes Ma Saison
Préférée as a film "about individuality and the frigity of the modern
Directed by André Téchiné , France, 1993, 35mm, 122 mins. In
French with English subtitles.
Recommended! "The use of 'Scope is resourceful, and Deneuve, in her first
collaboration with Techine, is impressive." -Chicago Reader
The beautiful Hélène (Catherine Deneuve) works in a hospital as an
anesthesiologist and when she accidentally hits Gilles (Patrick Dewaere) while driving
her car, a relationship begins from this "chance" meeting. However, it becomes evident
that this inauspicious beginning should have served as a warning. Gilles does not do very
much except live in a room in his family's hotel and has a lethargic approach to life.
Hélène is still mourning the death of her former lover a few years prior, and
is not very anxious to start a new romance. The two of them go back and forth in a cat-
and-mouse game until Hélène decides to leave for Paris, whereupon their strange
and intense relationship starts to take a new direction.
Directed by André
Téchiné, France, 1981, 35mm, 95 mins. In French with English subtitles.
"André Téchiné's elegant thriller Scene of the Crime is alive with
danger and sexual possibility, in a manner reminiscent of Claude Chabrol." -New York Times
Recommended! -Chicago Reader
Thirteen-year-old Nicolas Giraudi, picking flowers in a cemetery, is surprised by an
escaped criminal who orders the boy to bring him some money. Displaying no signs of fear,
Nicolas does what he is told, and as a "reward" his life is spared by the convict. Later
on, the convict gets drunk at a road house managed by Nicolas' mother, played by
Catherine Deneuve. Fascinated by him, Deneuve arranges for the fugitive to take a room at
a local hotel. On the day that Nicolas is to receive his first communion, his mother
plans to run off with her lover, leading to a climax of psychological force. With
Directed by André Téchiné, France, 1986, 35mm, 90 mins.
In French with English subtitles.
Jeanne (Sandrine Bonnaire), born and raised in Northern France, is visiting the
Mediterranean for the first time, prompted by two events: the wedding of her sister, and
the disappearance of her brother. Jeanne's brother is a deaf-mute who supports himself as
a pickpocket under the tutelage of Saïd, and one of his only friends is Klotz (Jean
-Claude Brialy), an older married man with bisexual leanings who has a weakness for young
Arab boys. Jeanne meets Klotz and finds herself attracted to his son Stephane, who like
his father is interested in both women and men. However, Jeanne also meets Saïd, and
she finds herself infatuated with him as well, and she is soon torn between the two in a
romantic and sexual dilemma that mirrors France's political turmoil regarding the
nation's growing Arab population.
Directed by André Téchiné, France, 1987,
35mm, 96 mins. In French with English subtitles.
"A simple, Dardenne-like tale of a promesse and its ethical obligations and
consequences, it reaps the reward of digital filming in the dense, offhand, authentic
Moroccan atmosphere it captures." -Senses of Cinema
Recommended! -Chicago Reader
Serge, who drives transport trucks between Spain and Morocco, is in love with Sarah.
She is trying to cope with the funeral of her mother and the arrival of a brother who
wants her to emigrate to Canada. To get Sarah to come back to him, Serge strikes a
bargain with his enigmatic friend, Saïd. If Saïd can bring Sarah and Serge
together, he will smuggle him to Europe. This troubled love story is complicated by the
daily dramas of surviving in a third world country while planning for a better future.
Directed by André Téchiné, France, 2001, 35mm, 120 mins. In French with
"As with Téchiné's best work, Strayed is a peculiar, lingering blend of robustness and delicacy -- a movie with hardly a single wasted frame, incongruous word, or false gesture." -Village Voice
"A film of understated, cumulative power...Téchiné is the master of subtle
shifts in mood, an acute delineator of psychological interplay, and therefore demands the utmost of his actors." -Los Angeles Times
½ "This is one of the most
poetic works of ex-critic Téchiné...Pictorially intense, erotically
charged" -Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune
"[Téchiné] draws a fine performance from Béart" -Chicago Reader
"For nearly two decades, French director André Téchiné...has been
meticulously constructing a great career out of toothpicks, with each new effort pared down to just the right proportion... Strayed moves forward with an absorbing
ruthlessness, yet without sacrificing those tiny incidental details that lend it
singularity and power." -The Onion
A woman struggles to trust a man who has become her protector and benefactor in this
French drama set during World War II. In 1940, as German troops invade France, Odile
(Emmanuelle Béart), a woman who has recently lost her husband, is desperate to get
her two children away from the fighting. When the road they are traveling is strafed by
German bombs, they are soon joined by Yvan, a headstrong teenager who is also fleeing the
advancing Nazi forces. Yvan finds an abandoned house, and he and Odile quickly take it
over. However, as their relationship begins to develop, hints about Yvan's mysterious
Directed by André Téchiné, France, 2003, 35mm, 95 mins. In
French with English subtitles.