A middle-aged couple lives in a modest house in the middle of a snowy
landscape. They were forced to start all over again after they went
bankrupt in 1996. Over ten years later, the son returns to Haute Savoie
and little by little discovers the life his parents have managed to create
from nothing. The toilet is an outhouse and there is no running water
but the flowers reflect all the care the couple has taken of the house.
“Friday 24TH of May 1996, the hamlet Gremey in the region of Haute
Savoie. The house in which I grew up in has been sold at auction.
I was twenty at the time and we were forced to leave this house.
I ran away, far far away, somewhere else, whereas my parents, they
decided to stay and struggle along living in the neighbouring vicinity
of this small hamlet of this low mountain range. For twelve years we
shared very little contact with one another, we hardly ever saw each
other… How am I supposed to go back?”
Jean-Claude Cottet (Toulon, France, 1976) studied communication sciences
at the École régionale des beaux arts in Orléans and completed his studies
with a master’s degree in documentary directing at the Ardèche Images institute
in Lussas. In 2006 he made his first documentary, Le bruit du vent dans
Le bruit du vent dans les êtres (cm, doc., 2006), Hors saison (mm, doc., 2009).
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