Chronicle Sitges 2018: “L’Heure de la Sortie” how to change the world
Scheduled in the innovative and transgressive Section Sconfini of the recent Festival of Venice, “L’Heure de la Sortie” arrives at Official Selection of Stiges to postulate as one of the necessary and far-reaching proposals, of how many has offered us this 51st edition of the festival. A sort of peculiar and complex cross between “Merli” and “Who can kill a child?” destined to stir consciences. And how.
What is it?
When Professor Capadis throws himself out of the classroom window before the astonished gaze of some students, a group of six students remains strangely impassive. Pierre Hoffman, the one in charge to take charge temporarily of the classes of French, immediately realizes the disturbing behavior of these lads and becomes obsessed with them, convinced that they plot something truly dangerous.
Best known for his literary work, the French Sebastian Marnier Sébastien Marnier presents in Sitges his second feature film after the praise “Irréprochable” (2016).
Who goes out?
“L’Heure de la Sortie” is first and foremost a film of teachers and students that moves us from the strange look of its protagonist. A teacher who gives life Laurent Lafitte , a very recognizable face of French cinema, among whose most relevant roles we can highlight “Elle” (2015), “Do not tell anyone” (2006), “The purple rivers “(2000).
What is it?
“Merli” + “Who can kill a child?”
What does it offer?
Generación Z is the term we use to encompass those young people born between the mid-90s and the mid-2000s. A generation that seems to be doomed to reggaeton, its obsession with social networks, its sole and exclusive aspiration to earn a living based on self- narcissism, based on the law of minimal effort involved in being an influencer or youtuber , and for his staunch rejection of everything that entails rest, reflection and study (that is, by its attraction to emptiness ) has been completed by erecting in a batch that precisely erodes the aforementioned stigmas. In fact, the Z has mutated into a very conscious generation to save the world, very aware that the human being mercilessly exploits each resource to the last drop for his own whim and benefit consequence of a frantic pace of life. A generation more aware of the errors of the previous one than in the face of excessive consumerism, the noise and smoke of big cities, the sensation of suffocation caused by deforestation or melting and the absolute fear of the irreversible consequences produced by climate change , has regained social consciousness and has decided to take action on the matter. Or at least try. Another thing is already, that they can achieve it.
And it is precisely in the factors that prevent it or that it can enable it, where it deepens from a tremendously stimulating focus “L’Heure de la Sortie”. In this sense, the second and excellent film by the Frenchman Sebastien Marnier is an urgent call that points directly to the school and family context, to the responsibility that teachers and parents must have in that, and yet they do not seem to be aware . Or in other words, they are the ones who show the passivity that at first seemed to affect the youngest. Adults who only follow the numerical effect of the notes to assess whether the kids are on the right track or have been twisted, that they trivialize and do not attend to the signals that they may suggest when dealing with the problems that concern them.
It is under this shocking context that the extraordinarily peculiar “L’Heure de la Sortie” is articulated through an atmosphere marked by constant ambiguity, by the intense and permanent sensation of threat and uneasiness, of a latent mystery whose resolution and consequences, one intuits, they can be very disheartening. An extremely disturbing proposal whose impervious ecosystem is built from a pervasive sense of strangeness emanating from the look of its disturbed protagonist, a young teacher who faces this generational schism from incomprehension, also from the coup d’état and the revelation. His and ours. Warned we are. We will see if we definitely act.