Professor Jacques Horovitz has spent his complete profession on the Bordeaux University Hospital as head of the gynecology-obstetrics division. He is a part of that technology who devoted his complete life to work, to his profession, to his sufferers, to his college students, with out giving himself a break for his “own” life as a result of his work, “it was all his life. life”.
What to do now?
But regardless of this busy skilled life, there is a time for all the things, even the time to retire, even when you don’t need to. Just like this beginning pot which he didn’t need both, organized by the hospital in a tennis membership the place he had by no means reduce his toes.
Between retirement and demise, I do not see the distinction.
And so, comes the second to marvel what we’re going to have the opportunity to do with this life which continues, with out a white coat nevertheless. So, like every retiree, it is time to discover new interest, who is aware of …
Golf ? Perhaps a good suggestion when he discovered by probability at dwelling a model new tools supplied by his colleagues throughout his aggregation of drugs … But, regardless of just a few programs, the exams should not convincing.
What concerning the theater?
Finally, he decides to enroll in Cours Florent with a view to changing into an actor, an actual one, like Françis Huster whom he noticed on TV and whose dad and mom wished him to develop into a doctor. While searching books reminiscent of “The Actor’s Guide” or “The Power of the Actor”, he nonetheless has some reservations.
I is likely to be a nasty actor as a result of I’ll have a tough time being emotional.
His father, his “hero”
The resolution to develop into an actor for this eminent professor, though authentic, might have remained very discreet. But it seems that Professor Horovitz is additionally the daddy of filmmaker Pauline Horovitz and that is the place the distinction is made …
My fixed concern with this movie is to bear in mind what Alan Berliner achieved in Nobody’s Interest: to curiosity everybody with an intimate story, and during which everybody can relate to.
– Quark (@Les_Quark) March 4, 2017
Because for Pauline, her father has develop into the “hero” of a number of of his documentaries, filming him since 2009. And on this new stage of his life, the event of retirement and the need to embrace a creative profession, l alternative was too good!
In my first movies, I subsequently filmed my entourage, primarily household. Among them, my father. The latter has develop into one of my recurring heroes, protagonist of a number of brief movies. From movie to movie, he has created an educational character within the moonlight, compulsive accumulator, which remembers each Jacques Tati’s Monsieur Hulot and Tintin’s Professor Tournesol, in an Ashkenazi model.
By following the primary steps of this emancipatory retreat, the daughter-filmmaker follows the brand new lifetime of the father-actor, from his departure drink on the hospital to his first position (as a heart specialist) in a fantastic Chinese manufacturing shot in Bordeaux. .
I, who am a filmmaker, see my creature escape and emancipate itself.
In the privateness of a lifetime
The digital camera interferes discreetly, like a member of the household, proper in the course of Jacques Horovitz’s house, behind the hospital, the place he has lived for forty years.
A pure setting with psychedelic wallpapers on this significantly “crowded” lodging with years of stockpiling, “reserves in case of war with which we should be able to last two years” he specifies.
And for a while now, he has been internet hosting his sick outdated sister, Suzanne, a personality within the movie unwittingly since she repeatedly invitations herself, kind of discreetly, into the sphere of the digital camera and subsequently has to be eliminated and made preserve quiet throughout filming scenes. Like an actual life burlesque comedy.
And sometimes, it is she who imposes herself in entrance of the digital camera by giving the reply to the brother for his rehearsals of texts or by answering his niece’s questions. Touching.
The woman addresses her father as if the digital camera didn’t exist, particularly letting it shoot off-screen, knowingly.
She faces a father-actor who doesn’t appear to care concerning the digital camera, nor about his inside and his life which can quickly be discovered unchanged on the display.
But daddy, you may tidy up your lounge anyway, proper?
And though she repeatedly provides him the ground in order that he can speak about his place as a brand new retiree, it is above all her who, in voiceover, depicts her father’s scenario and specifies the basic parts of his life.
When they aren’t within the house, Pauline follows him in his stage rehearsals at Cours Florent and even in an improvisation workshop during which he has registered to attempt to “let go”, which is not not with out ache for the previous doctor … For that, he mixes with the youth on frenzied rhythms. That too can’t be invented.
Between humor and emotion
The movie paints a portrait as burlesque because it is touching of a person confronted with himself in his new life. Funny conditions, comical in a comedy with the airs of “homemade”.
The outcome is a rare documentary made up of snippets of an unspectacular and extraordinary on a regular basis life on the similar time.
And this is all of the expertise of Pauline Horovitz who manages to make a movie, for probably the most half, between a kitchen and a eating room slightly than on the stage of a theater or a movie studio.
The outcome is feelings blended between laughter, tenderness and seriousness.
Artist, a household affair?
Pauline Horovitz is an artist, graduated from the National School of Charters, the National School of Decorative Arts in Paris, and former resident of Casa Velázquez (Madrid). In her work, she seeks to assemble tales tinged with each humor and seriousness. She has twenty brief movies to her credit score.
– stephanie pitoun (@Ste_Pitoun) September 24, 2014
In the household there is additionally Vladimir Horowitz, of which Jacques and Pauline are the descendants. A pianist of Ukrainian origin, naturalized American, he is one of the best virtuosos within the historical past of the piano. A efficiency in his honor in Arcachon had additionally allowed Jacques and Pauline to see, exactly, Françis Huster on stage.
Beautiful and shifting assembly with Pauline, Alice and Jacques Horovitz, descendants of the household of Vladimir Horowitz, after the efficiency of “Horowitz the pianist of the century” with Francis Huster this night in Arcachon. Staging @stevesuissa CMLG #life is more beautiful pic.twitter.com/KrS64vkjyx
– Claire-Marie Le Guay (@cmleguay) March 28, 2019
A distinguished movie
The movie Daddy is leaving has been appreciated because it was awarded on October 31 in Switzerland, receiving the Audience Award and the Grand Jury Prize on the VIFFF (Vevey International Funny Film Festival) with fictions and documentaries mixed, which is one of probably the most main worldwide festivals of writer movies.
A father and a daughter gathered on stage for the event!
During the movie, the daddy says to his daughter, like a household motto: “To survive, you must not be noticed”.
Well, evidently this is missed by this distinction acquired and the variety of viewers who will really feel, between two bursts of laughter, the emotion on this unpublished movie broadcast Monday, November 23 at 23.05 on France 3 Nouvelle-Aquitaine.
To get a really feel for the tone of the movie, this is the trailer.
video size: 02:25
Extract from the documentary “Papa goes away”
Neither hagiography, nor household movie, Papa goes away is an ode to journey, emancipation and freedom, even late in life. The journey of the transition from grownup life to bohemian life.
Daddy leaves (52 mn)
- Monday 23 November at 23.05
- Friday November 27 at 9.15 am
- in replay on na.france3.fr
A movie by: Pauline Horovitz
Producers: Juliette Guigon and Patrick Winocour
Co-production: Squaw Productions / France Télévisions
With the assist of :
- Image / motion of the CNAP – Center National des Arts Plastiques
- PROCIREP & ANGOA
- the Nouvelle-Aquitaine Region in partnership with the CNC
- Draft of a Scam Dream
- the National Center for Cinema and Animated Image