La Rosière de Pessac (1979 & 1968)
La Rosière de Pessac (1979 & 1968)

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La Rosière de Pessac

Jean Eustache | France | Unclassified (15+)


Wed 17 Jul 2024

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This documentary diptych chronicles preparations amongst villagers in Pessac, Eustache’s hometown, for the annual crowning of its most “virtuous” young woman, a ceremony that has links back to the Medieval period. Upon completing the second film, Eustache declared that it should be screened first in any subsequent double feature. Functional similarities between the two films give way to striking differences beyond the contrast between black-and-white and colour cinematography – the earlier festivities are tarred with the rumblings of May 1968, which had occurred only a month prior, while the latter film reveals a loss of communal commitment to the ageing ritual.

Format: DCP
Language: French with English subtitles
Source: Les Films du Losange
Runtime: 68 & 65 mins


Unclassified (15+)


Cinema 1, Level 2
ACMI, Fed Square

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