Paris, end of August

A film by Benoît Labourdette, 4 minutes, 2009, digital, Scope 2.35, Color, stereo.
31 December 2009. Published by Benoît Labourdette.
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We meet a homeless in the street and we forget, one minute later.

The social consciousness

The meeting with the exclusion is the mirror of our anxieties. We always try to forget, to flee what frightens us, it is a natural defense reaction, whatever its level of “social conscience”.

The movement of the filming of this movie contained forgetting the SDF which was filmed at the beginning of the plan, however, very closely. This omission which took place in seconds, which was my experience, has given rise to a more in depth work on emotions and form : to feel the way our forgetfulness happens.

The small and the great history

This omission on the scale of a few seconds, what becomes of it across the Big Story ? Let us not forget that we believe less ... it’s the same on a different scale, so this is huge.

The coexistence of two times

I tried to stage visually by a gradual doubling of the image throughout the film, the desire to remember that everyone is still in it, despite its weaknesses. This ghost image is to my mind the memory of hope that there is in each.


I make short films as a painter makes paintings, usually in a lonely way, away from academic practices of making cinema. Some films are made in a very spontaneous way, others can take years to mature. I explore the meeting between the image and the world. These are experimental works, which often also tell stories...