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City: Bhopal
Location: Bharat Bhavan
Date: Sun, 2010/07/25 – 11:00am
Price: Free and open to all
Category: Film screening

Le Dernier des fous / Demented

by Laurent Achard (2006) with Julien Cochelin, Annie Cordy, Pascal Cervo, Dominique Raymond (France, 95 mins).

Winner 2006 Locarno International Film Festival. Prix Jean Vigo 2006.

Growing up on his parents’ farm in rural France, 10-year-old Martin becomes increasingly unsettled as he witnesses the slow disintegration of his family.  His mother, Nadège, has become so withdrawn that she can no longer leave her bedroom.  His older brother, Didier, whom he idolises, is a struggling writer who becomes moody and aggressive when his boyfriend leaves him to get married.  Jean, Martin’s father, is incapable of holding his family together and realises that he has no choice but to sell the farm.   Outwardly, Martin appears to be unscathed by what he sees.  He takes refuge in the company of those who give him comfort – his cat, Mistigri, and the family’s Moroccan maid, Malika.  But no one can know the torment and confusion which afflicts Martin’s inner being, until one fatal day.