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by Marie-Violaine Brincard, Olivier Dury


A film based on a diary written by Thierry Metz (1956–1997), a renowned French poet, in an alcohol rehab clinic a year before he committed suicide. A melancholic portrayal drawing on the writer's tragic private life and intimate poetry. Metz's lines are underscored by a slow train of images of construction workers building houses, treetops swaying in the wind, patients smoking behind the walls of the clinic. The film leads us through Thierry's private history, including the death of his son and the agony of his addiction – through the pain that results in desire to end it all.

international title: A Man Leaning
original title: L'Homme qui penche
country: France
year: 2020
genre: documentary
directed by: Marie-Violaine Brincard, Olivier Dury
film run: 94'
cinematography by: Olivier Dury
film editing: Qutaiba Barhamji, Marie-Violaine Brincard, Olivier Dury, Rodolphe Molla
producer: Carine Chichkowsky
production: Survivance, Le Studio Orlando, The Shooting (FR)
distributor: Survivance

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