MACADAM STORIES (ASPHALTE) (2015) by Samuel Benchetrit
“What’s space like?”
A neighbour who denies paying for a new elevator and that, due to chance, will be forced to use it. A shy nurse that works at night shift in a hospital. An actress in a crisis period. A teenager looking for a mother figure. A lost spaceman. And a woman that needs the company of his gone son.
All of them are the characters included in this patchwork created by Samuel Benchetrit. This film is an adapatation of his own book “Les Chroniques de l’Asphalte (Asphalt Cronicles)”.
Surrealism and coincidence will lead the path of this story of lonely characters that need company and someone’s support. But always under a grey and depressing light, as the background where the characters live.
Because the building is a key element in the development of the characters. Is a metaphor of the society we live in; a society where, even if we’re surrounded by people, loneliness is getting more common everyday.
That’s why relationships are so important that, sometimes, can even save us. This is, in my opinion, the main message the director wants to transmit, and that is reflected in the slow pace of the facts. A pace too slow for me sometimes, but that allows the spectator to appreciate the small gestures that help the characters to keep on fighting in hard times.
Special mention to the tender story about the spaceman (Michael Pitt) and the woman with her son in prison (Tassadit Mandi). I love how they destroy the language barrier and find in each other what they need.
Complicity is also good between Isabell Huppert and Jules Benchetrit, or Gustave Kervern and Valeria Bruni Tedeschi, but there’s something about the other story or actors that make them shine brighter.
This all brings a satisfactory film that will enjoy the lovers of the little and different stories, but not those who are only looking for entertainment.
Traducido por: Irene Subiela.