“La Petite Chambre”, de Stéphanie Chuat et Véronique Reymond

The tittle of the film we saw in the cinema is “The Little Room”. It was made by Stéphanie Chuat and Véronique Reymond. It was realized in Switzerland in 2010.  It’s a  psychological movie.

The film was made in Switzerland, mainly in and around Lausanne. It is a contemporary movie.

The main character, Rose, is a nurse, she looks after people in their homes, and we  soon learn that her child was stillborn. Her husband leaves for the U.S. for work, and she cares for an elderly person, Edmond. The son of Edmond wants to put him in a retirement home because he wants to live in the United States. Edmond does not want it and it’s Rose who will take him home. Together they will finally learn to live with their pain of their past.

Edmond lost his wife 40 years ago. She loved the mountains and the glacier of Les Diablerets. One day, Edmond escapes, he leaves Rose’s home  and goes to his son who returned with him to the nursing home where he was before going to Rose. Edmond goes on the glacier of Les Diablerets, were he will “find” his wife. Edmond dies up there. Rose eventually becomes pregnant again and this baby is going to hold out.

Concerning the protagonists, Michel Bouquet plays Reymond, a senior citizen, and

Florence Loiret Caille plays Rose. She is a nurse.

Eric Caravaca plays Marc, Rose’s husband.

The directors, Stephanie Chuat and Veronique Reymond have known each other since childhood. They grew up together, and have so far always worked together. They are excellent actresses.. They occurred in theater, television and film. They also write, stage plays, mix genres to broaden their horizons.

In my opinion, the beginning of the film was a bit slow. Framing is not always great. But overall the film has been shot well.

I liked all the actors. Their work was great. I found Michel Bouquet fantastic and Florence Loiret Caille has something a little mysterious and all the charm of her character. There was an agreement between the two characters that made you want to see the movie, and know the end, and especially learn whether she would get pregnant and if he would end in a retirement home. They played their roles perfectly.

I found Florence Loiret Caille extraordinary, she gave everything she had to her character, which makes the story even more beautiful. As for Michel Bouquet, he exhales a lot of importance, plays an extraordinary role and makes the film even more engrossing.

The story itself was a bit banal. But it was made beautiful and intense, with players in the bond that linked Rose to Edmond with complicity, and all mysteries about their respective lives. The loss of a stillborn child must be a very difficult ordeal, I found his feelings with respect to this extremely real, as if she had lived and again.

I also found interesting the fact that I could get to know a young woman who had just lost a child and an elderly person who will perhaps die soon. There is a very interesting paradox in there. The story was a bit long but very exciting.

I think the message that the filmmakers wanted to convey is that it is possible to put people at the end of life with people who should have to give life, but who have committed  a sort of suicide. In the sense that these women gave birth to a stillborn child.

It is very interesting to see the evolution of the relationship between Edmund and Rose. We see relationships that are beginning to exist, characters drop their shields and open their hearts.

In fact, it is possible for a young person to find an interest in the elderly, and vice versa. It is not necessary for everyone to be in his corner, we all learn from the others, old or young.

Axelle H., 2DC2, ESTER La Chaux-de-Fonds

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