Seven-year-old Ernesto (played by adult Axel Bogousslavsky) leaves school because he doesn’t wish to learn, believing knowledge serves no purpose in a bankrupt world. His parents (Daniel Gélin and Tatiana Moukhine) try to make sense of their son’s cynical and inscrutable convictions. Winner of three prizes at the Berlin International Film Festival, Duras’s final film as director may have taken inspiration from her own unhappy years in a Saigon boarding school. Her penchant for uninhabited spaces is evident in her shots of the schoolyard—the empty playground pairs with Bogousslavsky’s casting to make a comment on vanishing childhood and untimely disillusionment.
Film ran Friday, October 17, 2014 - Wednesday, October 22, 2014