A couple is travelling to the South. One night in a hotel room the young woman vanishes. This is the beginning of a search, as more and more birds start circling over the landscape, casting a threatening shadow over the mystery. Until the horrible truth comes to light … With this video Nicolas Dufranne has expanded his particular style even further, with an oppressive and dark poetic result. He makes use of a combination of photography and animation and he proceeds onto the borderline between movement and immobility, with a special feeling for dynamics. His images of landscapes and characters crystallize into some kind of ‘tableaux vivants’, seemingly enveloped by a surreal visual world. The anonymous, silent figures evoke a constant atmosphere of desolation and alienation with their expressive faces, and because of this the story breathes the anxiety of a thriller. Dufranne avoids a linear development of the story, instead he prefers a fragmented makeup with all kinds of narrative diversions, forcing the spectator to look for the key to the riddle by himself.

  • Format miniDV(miniDV)
  • Color system PAL
  • Color col.
  • Year 2003
  • Duration 00:06:40
  • Languageinfo
    Running text/titles: French
  • Artists