Portrait of the Artist

Dir.: Antoine Barraud | France 2014 | 127 min

A Chinese proverb says that when a poet dreams he is a butterfly, it is perhaps the butterfly that writes. The boundary between subject and object becomes fluent in Antoine Barraud's thoughtful art psychosis. A well-known film director - played by Bertrand Bonello who is celebrated with a retrospective at this year's festival - is obsessed with finding the perfect image of the monstrous. Together with his eccentric friend Célia (Jeanne Balibar), who is an art historian, he tours art museums to find a design that embodies the elusive terror, but without knowing it, he may already have invited the monster inside his body and soul. As the search progresses, a mysterious red mark begins to emerge on his back. An outward sign of an inner transformation? 'Portrait of the Artist' is a film of the special French kind that takes its lofty ideas about life, art and philosophy seriously in a both talkative and self-ironic way. It is a pleasure to see an artist mirrors himself in another and to lend ear to the analyses of historical works. And while unsettling to experience the eerie effect of art. An aesthetically refined portrait of an artist and a Chinese box of images inside other images.

Original Title
Le dos rouge
Title
Portrait of the Artist
Country
France
Release Year
2014
Duration
127 min.
Directors
Antoine Barraud
Producer
Antoine Barraud, Cédric Walter, Vincent Wang
Script
Cast
Bertrand Bonello, Jeanne Balibar, Géraldine Pailhas, Joana Preiss, Pascal Greggory, Sigrid Bouaziz
Camera
Antoine Parouty
Sound
Gilles Benardeau, Bruno Ehlinger
Editor
Catherine Libert, Frédéric Piet
Music
Bertrand Bonello
Production Company
House on Fire
Version
Dialogue: English, French English Subtitles

Themes

Tempo
3
Thrills
0
Sighs
5
Laughs
1
Look
6
Food for thought
7