Vendredi 24 mai 1996, dans le hameau de « Gremey » en Haute-Savoie, la maison dans laquelle j’ai grandi vient d’être vendu aux enchères. J’avais vingt ans à l’époque, il fallait quitter cette baraque. Je me suis enfui, loin, ailleurs, tandis que mes parents sont restés là à vivoter dans les alentours de ce petit hameau de moyenne montagne. Après douze années de relations en pointillé, où l’on ne se voit pratiquement plus, comment revenir ?"J.-C. Cottet
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"Hors saison" charts how J.-C. Cottet rekindles ties with his parents, having left them suddenly 20 years previously. Now a filmmaker, he uses a highly delicate approach to framing and sound as a way of getting close to them again. He gradually shifts from the standpoint of the character, confined to watching his own homecoming from a distance, to the person filming the action, using the camera to record this rapprochement. After memories of the fear of living and shame of family breakdown, he brings us this wonderful gesture of reconciliation, with cinema as his go-between.
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