The order

Year1973 Duration40 min. DirectorJean-Daniel Pollet WriterMaurice Born PhotographyJean-Daniel Pollet EditorJean-Daniel Pollet, Maurice Born Production Laboratoires Sandoz

Once more on Spinalonga, but five years later by the questioning films of Jean-Daniel Pollet. Who decides who is excluded from society? Who is healthy and who is sick? These reflections hover all the time on the film that focuses on the leper colony on the Greek island. Pollet is commissioned by Laboratorios Sandoz to film it with the rupturing spirit and cultivated constant search for the nouvelle vague. Meanwhile, a voiceover condemns the stigmatization, the suffering and loneliness of leprosy sufferers.  A parallelism between Raimondakis’ deteriorated face and the walls, also lepers, of this type of jail freezes the film and leaves it in the infinite memory.

Jean-Daniel Pollet

(La Madeleine, 1936 – Vaucluse, 2004)

Trained as a cameraman in the Army and as Julián Duvivier’s assistant, Jean-Daniel Pollet (La Madeleine, 1936 – Vaucluse, 2004) filmed the short film, Pourvu qu'on ait l'vresse, in 1968 before venturing into feature films with La ligne de mire (1960). Linked to a group of French filmmakers making films on the margin of the industry, the public and critics, like Jean Vigo, and Nouvelle Vague filmmakers, such as Eustache, Doillon or Biette, public acclaim came in 1968 with L'amour c'est gai, l'amour c'est triste, but it was with Mediterranée (1963-1967) that he was acknowledged as a filmmaker by film buffs. After moving closer to the myth of Robinson Crusoe with Tu imagines Robinson (1967), his films became more militant as of May 1968. L'ordre (1973) is from this period. In 1988, he began a new, autobiographical phase with Contretemps, which was interrupted a year later when he was hit by a train whilst working on location. Partially paralysed, the director fictionalised his own personal situation in his last film, Ceux d'en face (2001).

Selected filmography:

Pourvu qu’on ait l’ivresse (1958)
La ligne de mire (1960)
Méditerranée (1963)
Rue Saint-Denis (1963)
Bassae (1964)
Une balle au coeur (1965)
Le Horla (1966)
Nikos Kazantzakis (1966)
La femme aux cent visages (1966)
Les morutiers (1966)
Plusieurs épisodes pour l’émission télévisée Dim Dam Dom (1966 – 1967)
Tu imagines Robinson. 35 mm, couleurs (1967)
L’amour c’est gai, l’amour c’est triste (1968)
Le maître du temps (1970)
L'ordre (1973)
L'acrobate (1976)
Pour mémoire (1980)
Contretemps (1988)
Trois jours en Grèce (1990)
Dieu sait quoi (1995)
Ceux d’en face (2001)
Jour après jour (2006)

Promoted by
Gobierno de Navarra
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With the aid of
Con la financiación del Gobierno de España. Instituto de la Cinematografía y las Artes Audiovisuales Acción Cultural Española Plan de Recuperación, Transformación y Resiliencia Financiado por la Unión Europea. NexGenerationEU

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