The Poetic Cinema of Jerome Reybaud’s 4 Days in France

Queer black poet Audre Lorde’s 1985 essay “Poetry is not a Luxury” provides the best entry that  I can think of into the world of Jerome Reybaud’s debut film 4 Days in France (Jour de France). Lorde writes of “The quality of light by which we scrutinize our lives has direct bearing upon the product which we live, and upon the changes which we hope to bring about through those lives.” That fits Reybaud’s use of poetic cinematic devices (from breathtaking symbolic  landscapes to moody and comic but always portentous encounters) during the film’s mysterious, nearly two-and-a-half hours length.

Reybaud searches the consciousness of a gay male couple, Pierre-Thomas (Pascal Cervo) and Paul (Arthur Iqual), who go their separate ways. On the...

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Aug 3rd 2017
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