Aloys

Dir.: Tobias Nölle | Switzerland, France 2016 | 91 min

Aloys Adorn is a lonely man. He lives and works together with his father at their joint detective agency. And while most people are busy being seen, Aloys has managed to make himself invisible. He consistently refers to himself in third person, as if he wasn't present, and hides behind his video camera that is never turned off. Through it, he obsessively records other people, and when the day is over he watches his recordings at home, while eating a bowl of rice from the local Chinese take-away. But when his father dies, Aloys's world begins to collapse. And things don't get any better when his camera and precious tapes are stolen by a young and mysterious woman. To get them back, Aloys has to break out of his shell and into the real world. Merely guided by the woman's voice over the phone. Tobias Nölle's debut is a stylish triumph, rich in dreamlike images, quirky musical numbers, farm animals and deep-felt compassion. It is at once a study in paranoia and surveillance, a self-conscious echo of Francis Ford Coppola's 'The Conversation' from 1974 and a subtle love story about an odd couple.

Original Title
Aloys
Country
Switzerland, France
Release Year
2016
Duration
91 min.
Directors
Tobias Nölle
Producer
Christof Neracher, Thomas Thümena, Christian Davi
Script
Cast
Georg Friedrich, Tilde von Overbeck
Camera
Simon Guy Fässler
Sound
Peter Bräker, Jean-Pierre Gerth, Maurizius Staerkle Drux, Benjamin Laurent
Editor
Tobias Nölle
Music
Beat Jegen, Tom Huber
Production Company
Hugofilm Productions
Version
Dialogue: English Subtitles
Tempo
4
Thrills
3
Sighs
6
Laughs
3
Look
6
Food for thought
6