Robert Guédiguian

  • Robert Guédiguian – À la place du coeur AKA Where the Heart Is (1998)

    1991-2000DramaFranceRobert Guédiguian

    Based on James Baldwin’s novel “If Beale Street Could Talk” (1974), the action is transferred from Harlem to present day working class districts around Marseilles harbour. The movie chronicles the inter-racial love story between white Clem and black Bebe, who was adopted by a white family, along with his sister. They plan to marry but Bebe is in prison accused of raping a Bosnian refugee who, manipulated by a racist white policeman, has disappeared after denouncing him.Read More »

  • Robert Guédiguian – Mon père est ingénieur AKA My Father Is an Engineer (2004)

    2001-2010DramaFrancePoliticsRobert Guédiguian

    “…It began with the a couple much like Joseph and Mary, only in a modern French setting. This fable continued for a little longer, until it became revealed that it was a story being read to a near-catatonic woman by an older lady. The younger of the women turns out to be Natasha, a pediatrician amongst the poor in Marseilles, and a political activist. She is the central character, and the rest of the film delves into her story, through flashbacks, and the contradiction that she represents.Read More »

  • Robert Guédiguian – Ki lo sa? (1986)

    1981-1990DramaFranceRobert Guediguian

    “Robert Guédiguian is well-known for his idiosyncratic slices of life set
    in his beloved Marseille, in films such as Marius et Jeannette (1997)
    and À la place du coeur (1998). Whilst most of Guédiguian’s films are set in this historic
    French port they span a remarkable range of genres and encompass a
    dizzying assortment of themes, including noir-style thriller intrigue,
    classic romance and pressing social issues. Ki lo sa?, Guédiguian’s
    third feature, is one of his more unusual films in this series, a
    surprisingly dark and mystical work which explores various
    existentialist concerns through the interlocking prisms of black comedy
    and social realism.Read More »

  • Robert Guédiguian – Le voyage en Arménie AKA Armenia (2006)

    2001-2010DramaFranceRobert Guediguian

    Barsam, Anna’s father, is seriously ill. Before he dies, he would like to bequeath something to his daughter: a sense of doubt. As he flees to Armenia, he leaves several clues in his wake so that Anna can come after him. For Anna, this journey she is obliged to make in an unknown country, becomes what her father wanted it to be: an initiation, a sentimental journey, a second adolescence. She finds him in a little village, lost in the Caucasian mountains, seated dreaming under a blossoming apricot tree. She will come to doubt her identity, her relationships and her commitments.Read More »

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