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Plein sud

90 min.
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Yannick Renier
Léa Seydoux
Nicole Garcia
Théo Frilet
Pierre Périer
Production Company:
Ad Vitam
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Berlinale Category:
Feature Film

Sam is driving south. Three difficult passengers travel with him: Léa, her constantly filming brother Matthieu and the good looking Jérémie. The three youths – in the hight of their adolescence – begin to rouse the normally introverted man. In parallel the film tells the story of two children who subjected to the madness of their mother’s alcoholism and their father’s suicide. Little by little we get an idea of Sam’s despair, which seems to be mirrored in his encounter with the youths … Sam decides to leave the three behind at a bus stop. The trip south could lead him anywhere: to a deep love, into the next tree or to a reckoning with his mother in Spain.

PLEIN SUD, Sébastien Lifshitz’s first film since WILD SIDE (2004), is a road movie in the classical sense. At its centre is a quiet young man who undertakes a journey to come to terms with his past. On the way he meets some fugitives who throw him off course. Their journey through the landscape, their looks and gestures and their restlessness replace the need for psychology, or a critical examination of their numb lives. The luminous landscape of southern France, the erotic atmosphere and the lightness of summer all serve to distract the travellers from their dark secrets.

Sébastien Lifshitz: “The film plays with the codes of the Western. It is built around a secretive, hardened character who doesn’t speak and who sets out to seek revenge. Is the mission he gives himself a good thing? Probably not. The further he travels, the more memories resurface. They pile up and back him into a corner. And these memories show us where he’s from, where he’s going and what he will do. Not unlike the hero of the Western, Sam is a loner, a drifter, a man whose life has broken him.”

»For the beauty and honesty of his stories as much as the sensitive portrayal of his characters« in the film WILD SIDE, director Sébastien Lifshitz has already been awarded with the 2004 TEDDY AWARD for BEST FEATURE FILM.

BIOGRAFIE Sébastien Lifshitz

Born in Paris, France in 1968, he studied history of art and worked in the world of contemporary art before turning to film. In 2000 he scored an international theatrical hit with his debut feature film, the coming out story Presque rien. His first feature-length documentary, La traversée, premiered in the Directors’ Fortnight at Cannes. His films have already screened three times in the Berlinale Panorama: in 2004, his feature film Wild Side won the Teddy Award; Plein sud screened in 2010 and his documentary, Bambi, in 2013.

FILMOGRAFIE Sébastien Lifshitz (selection)

2020 Petite Fille  2012 Les Invisibles  2012 Bambi  2009 Plein sud  2003 Wild Side  2002 La Traversee  2000  Presque Rien  1999 Les Terres Froides  1998 Les Corps Ouverts  1995 Claire Denis, La Vagabonde  1994 Il Faut Que Je L‘Aime 

Sébastien Lifshitz@IMDb

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