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After establishing a solid artistic reputation in Paris, a man in his fifties returns to his roots in the heart of central France to take possession of the house where he grew up. The building is surrounded by a large plot of land that the painter has neither the inclination nor the talent to look after. He places an ad in a local paper, and the first to respond is a former classmate from grade school who the painter hasn’t seen for years.
While spending long days in the gardener’s company, the painter discovers by impressionist touches a man who initially intrigues, and then fascinates because of his openness and simplicity. His life is marked out by simple reference points. He is uncomplicatedly happy, he feels no bitterness or jealousy. And his heroes are always simple folk.
His value system passes through an unique criteria that, consciously or not, operates as a yardstick to judge people or things: commonsense. His friend’s paintings only find favor with him after hours of quiet observation.
Thus the two men pursue a kind of delayed and fraternal adolescence which mingles together their families, their knowledge, carrots, pumpkins, life, death, plane travel, currant bushes, tastes, and colors. And, through each other’s eyes, they see the world’s spectacle in a different light.
They quietly invite us into their daily discovery “of sharing.” The gardener makes things grow, like the painter paints to show.
Henri Cueco, a painter and radio host sensitive to ordinary people’s lives, offers us an affecting and simple story of friendship and camaraderie.
With: Daniel Auteuil, Jean-Pierre Darroussin, Fanny Cottençon, Alexia Barlier, Hiam Abbas, Élodie Navarre.
I saw a film on TCM that was French-made and had no fucused diologue. Occasionally persons in the crowd would have lines. The scene is a night club and also a pharmacy down the street. There are many comedic bits throughout the film such as a waiter tearing his trousers and being told to go outside by his boss, only to have four other waiters with an article of ruined clothing each go out and exchange with him so that finally all of his uniform is tattered. In another, the glass door of the club is broken and after the mess is cleaned up, the door man pretends to open the “door” for other patrons. The film was probably made in the late 60s and the film depicts time continuously from one evening to the mid morning of the next day, going from one comedic bit to the next. If this is familiar to anyone please respond. Thanx