Passe Encore de Bâtir

— l’abécédaire de Marie-Claire

MC: I don’t remember what I had to write.
C: Words, one for each letter.
MC: My own words? We could erase them if I don’t like them?

Marie-Claire is 94 years old. She is a shy, tender and humorous character, who archives all sorts of objects and documents in her house in the Beaujolais, France. Marie-Claire is my grandmother and with her I make a film about her objects, her house and her stories. The narrative structure revolves around an alphabet that represents both her main interests and the process of archiving that obsesses us both. What are the limits of the filmed archive? What are the zones of silence that will never be revealed? We may mount walls, but what about archiving at this age?

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