Tonnerre: the heart’s thunderstorms
by Giovanni Melogli
- It makes sense that if a small town in Burgundy with 5,000 inhabitants finds itself with an evocative name, something should be made to happen there. In his latest feature length film Tonnerre, director Guilaume Brac started with this premise: that a place’s name can be an omen
If a small town in Burgundy with 5,000 inhabitants finds itself with an evocative name, it is only right that something should be made to happen there. In his latest feature length film Tonnerre [+see also:
film profile], director Guilaume Brac started with this premise: that a place’s name can be an omen.
In competition at the 66th Locarno Film Festival, the film tells the story of young Maxime’s love woes. Maxime is a rock musician on a creative break staying with his father, who is a dynamic widower immaculately played by Bernard Menez.
As thunder strikes and confusion abounds, Maxime falls in love at first sight with young and seductive Melody. And how could a musician not fall in love with a melody!
A generational confrontation on love begins, which, even with a different vocabulary and code set, represents the minimal common denominator for humankind. As professor Keating says, “it is full of passion… Poetry, beauty, romanticism, love, these are the things that keep you alive.”
The thunder lightning disappears quickly and the storm touches the lives of the three main characters, forcing them to face one another and give themselves and each other understanding as to their actions and reactions, creating common ground, where different generations are able to understand each other and cohabitate. Perhaps even love one another.
(Translated from Italian)
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