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Silence Radio



2013 DOK Leipzig, Young Cinema Competition
France, Belgium | 2012 | 52 min. | French | English subtitles | German Premiere
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CATALOGUE TEXT
Life is a chanson. Alain Resnais is not the only one who knows this; so do the operators of the “Puisaleine” community radio in rural Picardie. We see for the most part elderly people at the controls, struggling with the computer (occasionally the wrong song will be played), accepting music requests, telling jokes and giggling hysterically into the microphone, or dispensing esoteric to hands-on life counselling (“Leave the house!”). Their listeners sit in interiors that will soon be history, filmed with sociological precision: heart-shaped cushions, pictures of cats, teddy bears, artificial flowers, tassels and baroque curlicues. They sit alone on fully automated beds in rooms that are far too big for them and in which only the photos on the windowsill recall the families that once existed. And they listen to the radio: the song about the white roses, or the one about the love that lasted fifty years. We learn a story with every song, about nights of bombings and burning airplanes, about great love, or the child who died before the parents. And at some point they start to sing.
The elegant arrangements and meaningful montage of this tender film, imbued with loss and loneliness, but also with a quiet kind of humour, keep it firmly on the thin line between kitsch and great drama. A film for the heart, whose needs cannot be overestimated.

Grit Lemke
Credits
Original Title: Silence Radio
Country: France, Belgium
Year: 2012
Language: French
Subtitle: English
Runtime: 52 min.
Format: DCP
Color: Colour
Producer: Isabelle Mathy, Delphine Schmit, Denis Delcampe
Director: Valéry Rosier
Cinematographer: Olivier Vanaschen, Mathieu Cauville
Editor: Nicolas Rumpl, Didier Vandewattyne
Script: Valéry Rosier
Sound: Arnaud Calvar, Guilhem Donzel
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