FOU D'AMOUR / MAD LOVE
2015, Colour, France, World Competition
Melvil Poupaud, Dominique Blanc, Diane Rouxel, Lise Lamétrie, Jean-François Stévenin, Jacques Bonnafé, Jean-Paul Bodet, Virginie Petit
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France, 1959. A man is accused of two murders. Found guilty, he is condemned to death. He is guillotined. But his head begins to tell the story of his life. He was a priest. He loved life, he loved women, he loved God and preached every Sunday in his church. A perfect life! An admired priest, a wonderful lover, his earthly paradise seemed neverending...
“In my earlier film, Ici-bas, I placed all the anguish of the world on the shoulders of the priest, imbuing the story with a suffocating gravity: the lively and seductive side to the murderer was largely discarded. This left me with a sense of unfinished business. With FOU D’AMOUR, just as a painter repeats his motif in order to explore new aspects, I reworked my ‘canvas’: this time, the happiness and pleasure would be voluble and would precede the devastating madness. So the film has a lighter, even humorous tone, before the colours change here and there to create a deteriorating atmosphere and a darkening mood, until it all turns black and tragic.” -- Philippe Ramos
Born in 1966, Philippe Ramos attended the Paris film school La Fémis and is part of a group of young French film directors sometimes referred to as the new wave of French cinema, a group including Yves Caumon, Jean-Paul Civeyrac and François Ozon. After a series of shorts films -- Les îles désertes (1993), Vers le silence (1995), Ici-bas (1996), L'Arche de Noé (2000), Capitaine Achab (2003) -- he made his feature debut with ADIEU PAYS in 2003. Four years later he made a feature-length version of CAPITAINE ACHAB (best director at the Locarno Festival), followed by JEANNE CAPTIVE in 2011.
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