Paul is in his forties; he is a detective and by choice lives on the margins of Brussels’ conformist bourgeoisie, where instead his daughter Dorothy has been brought up by her new family. Paul has never met his daughter, except for the moments when he watches her from a distance, without ever daring to approach her. She doesn’t know anything about him and this state of affairs could go on forever. But one day Dorothy decides to discover who her real father is, and she turns to Paul to conduct the investigation.
Savina Dellicour (Brussels, Belgium) studied cinema in Belgium. After working as an assistant director in television, she went to England where she earned a master’s degree in directing from the National Film and Television School mentored by Stephen Frears. Her graduation film, Ready, was nominated for a student Oscar in Los Angeles. Then she directed ten episodes of Hollyoaks, a television series broadcast on prime time on Channel4. She returned to films with Strange Little Girls, that was selected for over thirty international festivals and won prizes. She returned to Belgium for her feature film project All Cats Are Grey. The screenplay was developed through various development workshops, among them the Angers Premiers Plans Film Festival workshop run by Jeanne Moreau.
Ready (cm, 2002), Hollyoaks (ep., tv, 2008), Strange Little Girls (cm, 2004), Tous les chats sont gris (2014).
“I grew up in Uccle, the residential neighborhood in Brussels where the film takes place. When I happen to pass through there, I still have contradictory feelings about it… Comforting memories mixed with a sense of rising anxiety. In the small upper middle class world I grew up in, some things were simply not talked about. Behind nicely kept facades, something was hidden; dark secrets were burdening the atmosphere. It’s often as if people believe that by burying something in silence they will make it go away. We don’t help our loved ones by protecting them from the questions they fear. When directing I look for both authenticity and emotions, for they are the access to an audience’s heart.”
Savina Dellicour, Matthieu de Braconier
interpreti e personaggi/cast and characters
Bouli Lanners (Paul), Anne Coesens (Christine), Manon Capelle (Dorothy), Aisleen Mc Lafferty (Claire), Benoît Verhaert (Ralph), Vincent Lecuyer (Jan), Astrid Whettnall (Eléonore), Serge Demoulin (Bernard)
Joseph Rouschop, Valérie Bournonville