Punto de Vista 2022 Winners
Projection format: DCP
Direction: Pascale Bodet
Cinematographer: Pascale Bodet
Editor: Pascale Bodet, Agnès Bruckert, Serge Bozon
Sound: Benjamin Laurent
Music: Olaf Hund
Production: Pascale Bodet, Les Films du Carry (Michèle Soulignac)
Filmography: Baleh-baleh (2021), Nearly a Century (2019), No Key (2018), The Art (2015), Six-Piece Suit(e) (2012), The Square of Fortune (2010).
Cinéma du réel, BAFICI, Côté Court Festival.
A baleh-baleh is a canopy bed. It's a luxury. Something desirable, perhaps. It is also a word that appears in an Asian tale that Pascale Bodet, the filmmaker, gave to a friend. A tale full of metamorphosis. A tale about the desire for power. A tale from another time and another place, in the hands of a man from France and in this present time. A tale that, when this man found it, made him talk and made him think. What does it mean to truly find a tale or a story? It unleashes questions in us. Questions that we ask ourselves in solitude and questions that we ask others, and that others ask us. Questions about the tale and questions about ourselves. Questions, for example, about work. About earning one's living. About feeling like a stonecutter, a rich person, king, or sun. About living or surviving. About the logic of desires. All this is Baleh-baleh, a film of questions. A portrait, too. A portrait of a man with a story in his hands and various stories in his life. The encounter of this man with three women. What we can guess about them and their stories, past and future, while they also think of this tale. Or perhaps not. It may be something else. He's over there somewhere, rebellious, small, silent, a puppy. Perhaps Baleh-baleh is simply the story of a puppy. Of a puppy without a story. Or perhaps, as in the tale, it is everything in succession, a film with stories and a film without a story. An invitation to think stonecutter, rich man, king, but also sun, cloud, stone.