Seasons of Louise (2016)
Louise the elderly protagonist of the film
December 22 at the cinema lovers of poetic and philosophical animated films should not miss this beautiful masterpiece by the French director Jean Francois Laguionie. Although the film is suitable for all ages, it is aimed mainly at an adult audience, as its themes lead to reflect on the themes of loneliness, old age and existence. Produced by JPL Films, Unité centrale, Tchack, Arte France Cinéma, the film is made with 3d animation techniques, but with a cel-shaded rendering, which makes it appear as if drawn by hand. The coloring is also pictorial with pastel shades reminiscent of the paintings of Jean Francis Auburtin, which helps to convey a dreamy, naive and poetic atmosphere to the film.
The story features the elderly Mrs. Louise (masterfully voiced by the theater actress Piera Degli Esposti), who spends the summer at the summer resort of Biligen. Unfortunately due to a malfunction of her clock that has stopped, Louise arrives late at the station to catch the last train that would bring her back to her country, so she remains alone in that small seaside village. The woman does not lose heart and in the first place waits for some relative to notice her absence and come to pick her up, but unfortunately no one shows up.
Louise builds a shack
Louise has faced so many difficulties in her life, so she rolls up her sleeves and begins her little daily struggle for survival. With the wood of the cabins and some waste a small shack is built, where there is no shortage of a soft bed and an armchair, to give rest to his tired bones after the fatigue of the day. With a small tile in the morning he devotes himself to fishing on the seashore, thanks to which he manages to feed himself. Despite the drama of the situation, Louise is always calm and optimistic and organizes her days with the usual routine, as if they belonged to the daily routine of her life starting from the inevitable housekeeping.
Louise meets the dog Pepe
Louise has a lot of time to think, remember and imagine, so when she meets an old dog she calls Pepe, he starts talking and conversing with her. Now Louise finally has a friend to whom she can confide her visions, which appear out of nowhere like pendulum clocks floating on the sea, from which elegant people look out and greet her. Among his many visions also appears the little Louise, or rather her memory at a young age with her desire for freedom, her first emotions and her first loves, in a crescendo of surreal images.
Louise and her visions
The film has deliberately slow rhythms, which lead the viewer to dream and reflect on the meaning of life, together with the protagonist of the film. Despite having reached the end of her existence, in a world without human beings, with time having stopped (the image of the station's handless clock is metaphorical), Louise still finds the strength not to succumb to loneliness and his ghosts of the past, which bring back his nostalgic memories. These could make her delirious with their charge of regret, however she manages to review and rework them with new eyes, with a new awareness and detachment such as to feel a sense of gratitude for what her life has been and for her future still full of hope that awaits you. All that remains is to wait another year, with the arrival of summer.
Louise finds a first aid kit to heal her wounds
Louise cooks her lunch
Louise converses with the dog Pepe
|Original title: Louise en hiver|
Duration: 75 '
Directed by: Jean-Fran ois Laguionie
JPL Films, Central Unit, Tchack, Arte France Cin ma
The Wonder Pictures
Exit : 22 December 2016 (cinema)
Video Trailer The seasons of Louise
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