“The Little Room”, by Stéphanie Chuat and Véronique Reymond

The name of the film is The Little Room. Stéphanie Chuat and Veronique Reymond are the directors of the film. The film was made in 2010 in Switzerland. It is a psychological film. The film takes place in Switzerland at present.

Rose is a nurse at home for the elderly end she has a patient called Edmund. Edmund is a widower, his wife died forty years ago. She liked the Diablerets mountains. One day, Edmund  falls and he goes to the hospital. His son wants  him to go a retirement home, but he doesn’t want to. When Edmund returns home  he finds that his son  had removed all his possessions.

Rose decides to let him live in her flat. While Edmund is playing with Rose’s nephews he discovers a child’s room. He understands that the baby of Rose was stillborn. The fact that she can speak with Edmund about that helps her. One day Edmund disappears. Rose thinks that Edmund  went to Diablerets because he took his wife’s photo from his flat (his wife was in the photo).

While Rose is driving with her husband to the Diablerets, Edmund  climbs to the summit to say goodbye to his wife and to his life. Shortly after he dies.

Michel Bouquet plays Edmund, Florence Loiret Caille plays Rose, Eric Caravaca plays Marc. Stéphanie Chuat and Véronique Reymond come from Lausanne. They are actresses, play  in the theatre, on TV and they play in the movies. They consider themselves as « an eagle with two heads ». During the film there was some tension, but the friendship was stronger. Véronique was born the 31 March 1970  and Stéphanie was born the 10 November.

The director’s work is a bit slow at the beginning of the film. There is one rather unimpressive actor, the one who plays the son of Edmund. I quite liked the story but it was a little bit slow and long. The message of the film is that old people can help young people and vice versa, and that the generations have to communicate.

Mélanie R., ESTER La Chaux-de-Fonds

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