Director: Sandrine Veysset
Ten year old Victor chooses a freezing winter evening to run away from home. Exhausted, afraid, his flight takes him to a fairground, the only bright and welcoming sight in the darkness. Moments before he faints, Victor sees Mick, a young man on a merry-go-round. When he wakes he finds himself at the home of Triche, a strange young woman who Victor cannot fathom; he knows only that she sleeps all day and works throughout the night.
Despite the fact that the arrival of a child on her doorstep is totally unexpected and not a small inconvenience, Triche agrees to let Victor stay on. Victor, with his miserable past, blossoms in Triche's care; in his eyes the woman, who he doesn't realise is a prostitute, is a fairy godmother. Both of them simply required exposure to the healing power of love.
Sandrine Veysset came to inlernalional prominence with her remarkable feature debut, Will it Snow for Christmas"?(1997). A film of transcendent effect it depicted a rural French family, a young mother and her seven illegitimate children, struggling to eke an existence from a small, run-down farm. Victor too opts for gritty realism, bringing Ihe same superior level of cinematography to the project though embracing a more poetic visual character.
Ironically Victor, a boy fleeing the oppressive sexual fantasies of his parents, finds himself in the care of a prostitute. The irony of the situation is compounded during sublime moments of the film when the boy, trudging through snow, succumbs to his own daydreams. A tremendous film by a director of prodigious talent and future potential.
Sandrine Veysset's Will it Snow for Christmas? is a film of transcendent power. Eschewing an trace of melodrama, it depicts a rural French family struggling to eke subsistence from the land. A young … More »
"A depiction of French family life from director Sandrine Veyssett (Will it Snow For Christmas MIFF 1997). Martha is an unstable young woman given to fits of depression. She is clearly not the ideal … More »