The ghosts of war are a multitude. “We used to be millions”, says one of the dead soldiers that Arnaud (Saia Hiriart) inadvertently invokes, when contemplating his name on the large panel that honors the victims of the First World War, in Paris. The film eloquently grasps the magnitude of this tragedy through the melding of times. With a precise decoupage that puts us in the front line of the characters, Eugène Green takes us to a metonymic testimony of the violent rupture of war and its dramatic consequences for the loved ones of this singular character, just one name among a seemingly never-ending list, on the Wall of the Dead. (G.P.)
Born in New York City, Eugène Green is a filmmaker and writer of french nationality, who has also worked as a theater director and actor. He directed a feature film, "Toutes Les Nuits", released in 2001, which received the Louis Delluc Prize for first film. Since then he has directed nine other feature films and five mini-films. He has been writing daily since the age of sixteen, and his books have been published since 2001. His films have been shown at the Cannes, Locarno, and Berlin festivals.