Popular wedding feasts at the Grand Arbre, a restaurant in Plessis-Robinson: banquets, accordians, dances, the bride's mood...
"In this non-documentary about weddings in an inn located on the outskirts of Paris there is a sort of interior monologue by the bride, taken from the last words of Molly in Joyce's Ulysses; this paraphrase, this monologue, makes the images seem like a dilatation of verbal time, without there being any illustration of the word by images, or viceversa" (J. Thibaudeau, 1968).
Jean-Daniel Pollet (La Madelaine, France, 1936 - Cadenet, France, 2004) as a filmmaker can hardly be classified in a school of thought or trend. He decided he would become a director in high school, and has dedicated his life to cinema ever since, with mixed success: La ligne de mire (1960), for instance, was never publicly released and was severely criticized by the Nouvelle Vague; Méditerranée, on the other hand, was a resounding success, elevated as a masterpiece by the “Cahiers du cinéma.” His creative partnership with Claude Melki, his role in France’s May 1968 protests, or in the circles of Brazilian Cinema Nôvo are all elements that resurface in Pollet’s cinema. He died in 2004 after a long and prolific career, to which the Torino Film Festival dedicated a complete retrospective in 1998.
Text: Jean Thibaudeau.
Music: Jacky Andrex e la sua orchestra.
Cast: tre coppie di sposi.
Production company: Daisy de Galard per ORTF. Messa in onda: 29 aprile 1966.