Quelques jour de répit
Monday, Oct 17, 2011 9:00 PM
Amor Hakkar directs and stars in this film with co-stars, Samir Guesmi and Marina Vlady. Their performances fill this simple story with emotional depth and honesty. Moshen, a French professor at the University of Tehran, and his lover, Hassan, flee Iran for Paris. In Iran, as Moshen points out, homosexuals like them are hanged. As they make their way through Italy, devoted Hassan is bothered that Moshen may not share his degree of commitment. When they reach a small French town of Saint-Claude, a lonely, middle-aged woman, Yolande, befriends Moshen with kindness and respect. Hassan ponders his future, as life in France demands a different kind of clandestine existence. As an expression of Yolande’s affinity for Moshen, she agrees to habor Hassan after Moshen is arrested and faced with deportation for illegal entrance into France. Ultimately deeds of friendship and love give Moshen solace in his plight.
Dir. Amor Hakkar, 2011, Algeria/France, 80 mins. in French with English subtitles