Women On The Margins: The Cinema Of Jean-Claude Brisseau
Genevieve, the village nurse, finds Celine, a confused girl with suicidal tendencies, wandering the ward of the hospital one morning. Genevieve takes the young girl home but is afraid to leave her alone. When Celine's stepmother offers the nurse money to take care of her stepdaughter, Genevieve agrees. A bond forms between young girl and the older woman until one day Genevieve realizes that Celine has special healing powers.
With its dream-like cinematography and haunting music, Jean-Claude Brisseau's psychological drama is a lyrical tale of miracles, apparitions, and sainthood. Brisseau, a maverick director unafraid to tackle social and cultural issues, combines naturalism and surrealism in his own unique style.
Workers For The Good Lord
As unsettling blend of black comedy and melodrama, Workers For The Good Lord, directed by French maverick Jean-Claude Brisseau, was chosen as one of the top ten-films of 2000 by Cahiers Du Cinema.
The story follows the misadventures of Fred, whose wife leaves him because he cannot support her and his children. Emotionally devastated, he takes to the road with postal clerk Sandrine and a mysterious African named Maguette. The trio rob banks across the South of France until they amass a small fortune, but Fred can only think of winning back the affections of his wife.
Brisseau's outrageous combination of tones and film genres is a throwback to the French New Wave as are his hommages to the great French filmmakers. A cinephile's dream, the film excited critics and riled audiences across Europe.
Life The Way It Is
Jean-Claude Brisseau - a protÃ©gÃ© of Eric Rohmer - began his filmmaking career with this gritty story of working women in the modern world. Life The Way It Is may be the filmmaker's most radical film, with its images of suicide, group violence, and sexual pressure.
Agnes Tessier leaves the comfortable confines of school to work in a slum district with her friend Florence. In her job at the chemical factory, she discovers that the working world can be difficult for women who must endure sexual harassment, harsh conditions, and volatile coworkers. She becomes the union rep for her factory to challenge the status quo.
Stripped and pared down to the essentials, the film reflects the fire and the fury of working-class women everywhere.