Mathieu, a man in his mid-twenties, dreams of making his name as an author happens to come across the forgotten manuscript of an old man who has recently died. After some soul searching, Mathieu decides to write up the manuscript, a spectacularly well-written firsthand account of the Algerian War, and submit it to a publisher under his own name. The book proves to be a huge success and Mathieu finds himself catapulted into the glamorous world of the rich and famous. Once the euphoria of being a published author has passed, Mathieu finds himself up against the insurmountable obstacle of the second novel. Hounded by his publisher and his creditors, knowing that his comfortable new life is about to slip from his grasp, he suffers a creative block. To add to his woes, he is then contacted by a stranger who seems to know his dark secret…
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36 vues du Pic Saint Loup / Around a Small Mountain (2009) Jacques Rivette, Jane Birkin, Sergio Castellitto, André Marcon, Comedy, Drama
Kate (Jane Birkin) is driving along a winding mountain road when her car stalls. Vittorio (Sergio Castellitto) happens along, stops, and fixes her car without ever speaking to her. After he drives away, he slows down and decides to turn back. Something about the woman has interested him.
Later in town, Vittorio learns that Kate has returned to join her family’s traveling circus after leaving under mysterious conditions fifteen years ago. Kate’s lover was killed during a performance. Intrigued by Kate’s story, Vittorio stays for the show, and then decides to stay in town for a while, booking the room above a local cafe. He begins to attend all the shows, fascinated by the circus and the lives of its performers—all the while trying to discover the secret that led to Kate’s sudden departure.
When the circus caravan leaves town, Vittorio follows. With nowhere to go and nothing else to do, both he and Kate seem to be running away with the circus. Gradually he learns about the buried past of the circus and the buried careers of its performers.