– VENICE 2022: A tragedy calls into query the equilibrium of a bunch of siblings and a household on this shifting movie by Roschdy Zem, which stars Sami Bouajila amongst its impeccable solid
Roschdy Zem, Nina Zem, Meriem Serbah, Abel Jafrei and Sami Bouajila in Our Ties
“The issue isn’t about household, it’s about caring and paying consideration”. When a traumatic occasion knocks a bunch of siblings for six, the cruelty of the state of affairs, the confusion, the occasional denial and brutal truths which out of the blue emerge, typically name into query the concord of relationships, the positions we occupy in relation to 1 one other, and the perceptions of the roles every particular person performs which occasions has set in stone. Till consciousness slowly grows and we settle for our imperfections. As the favored French expression goes, “we empty our luggage out of the window”. It’s to this technique of “purification”, unfolding throughout the psychologically intense context of the household circle, that Roschdy Zem has chosen to commit his very private (however nonetheless totally common) sixth function movie as a director, Our Ties [+see also:
film profile] (co-written by Maïwenn), which was found in competitors on the 79th Venice Movie Competition. It’s a easy movie, brilliantly acted by your entire solid (notably by the ever-remarkable Sami Bouajila), which touches upon the basics of being human, caught between love for oneself and for others.
As typically occurs with households, all of it begins with a meal (“it’s good to be right here, all collectively”) involving 4 brothers – Ryad (Roschdy Zem), Moussa (Sami Bouajila), Salah (Rachid Bouchareb) and Adil (Abel Jafri) – and their sister Samia (Meriem Serbah). They’re additionally joined by Moussa’s three youngsters, a younger cousin, Salah’s spouse, and Ryad’s companion Emma (Maïwenn). The ambiance is relaxed as they tuck right into a leg of lamb, however Ryad, the star of the brotherhood (he presents a TV programme on soccer), is accused of not making sufficient time for his household. “There’s no want for thanks between brothers”, he retorts, they usually depart it there. However just a few days later, tragedy strikes: Moussa (who’s hiding the truth that he’s separated from his spouse and is throwing himself into his job as a monetary director) collapses whereas dancing at a celebration. Initially recognized with concussion, they quickly realise the affect has triggered a really critical cranial trauma with all its attendant unwanted side effects: verbal aggression, anger or exaggerated reactions to minor frustrations, uninhibited behaviour, unstable moods, everlasting drowsiness, melancholy, and so forth. The household should subsequently care for him. But it surely’s removed from straightforward, and Ryad, in addition to Moussa, should embark upon a therapeutic course of.
Invited to compete in a significant pageant for the primary time in his filmmaking profession (although not in his appearing profession), Roschdy Zem doesn’t disappoint, regardless of not deviating from his “abnormal” humanist values or overplaying the movie’s mise en scène (although Julien Poupard’s completely natural pictures is price a point out). This clear and sober naturalness, inserting particular give attention to the appropriate actors and feelings (each sturdy and contained), permits viewers to empathise immediately with the characters and for the movie to have an intimate affect on audiences, who’re handled to an exquisite ending, as well. Maybe Our Ties can also be a hidden metaphor for all these French individuals who descended from immigration a very long time in the past and who, by means of their tragedies and joys, are merely households like every others.
Our Ties is produced by Why Not Productions and Gap In One Movies, and is bought worldwide by Wild Bunch Worldwide.
(Translated from French)