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White Spirit


Martine Deyres
France, 2007
Production : GREC
37'
French


Synopsis


Une piscine municipale, un lieu banal de notre modernité. Nettoyée en permanence, elle semble ne vouloir garder aucune trace de ceux qui la traversent. Un lieu sans histoire, donc... à moins de passer de l’autre côté du miroir.

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"White Spirit" prend pour personnage principal un bâtiment peuplé de machines parlantes, qu’une équipe s’applique à entretenir. Des innombrables usagers de la piscine, guidés à travers ses espaces segmentés par des bips et des clics mécaniques, nous ne percevons à l’inverse que de brefs fragments. En plaçant l’infrastructure au cœur de son œuvre, Martine Deyres rend à une expérience quotidienne toute son étrangeté. Le décentrement du point de vue produit des effets comiques, mais à la longue, il suscite également un malaise diffus : ici comme ailleurs, le bonheur des êtres semble en effet bien secondaire par rapport à la bonne marche d'un système.

Olivia Cooper Hadjian
Membre du comité de sélection de Cinéma du réel,
critique pour Critikat

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Martine Deyres

Born in Lyon in 1972, Martine Deyres first studied theatre studies and worked as an actress before turning to documentary film. Trained at the Ateliers Varan then at Lussas (Master 2 creative documentary), she directed "Lieu commun" (2003) and "White Spirit" (2006). She has been interested in the world of psychiatry for several years. While working on the preparation of her feature film on the asylum of Saint-Alban, she met the famous psychiatrist Jean Oury with whom she directed a long film composed of interviews, "Le Sous-bois des insensés" (2015).

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