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Peines

  • France
  • 1991
  • fr
  • 21'

Valérie Winckler has shared the life (and the pain) of the subjects of “Peines”. Gérard, strength sapped by the anxiety of his prison cell, Michèle, alone and distraught with her children, and especially Benjamin, a “good kid” who comes in for all of life's hardships, between approved school, a father in prison, and thwarted childhood dreams. This film is a tour de force, yet it is with gentleness and respect that the photographer paints this picture of incredible humanity.

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Synopsis

Valérie Winckler has shared the life (and the pain) of the subjects of “Peines”. Gérard, strength sapped by the anxiety of his prison cell, Michèle, alone and distraught with her children, and especially Benjamin, a “good kid” who comes in for all of life's hardships, between approved school, a father in prison, and thwarted childhood dreams. This film is a tour de force, yet it is with gentleness and respect that the photographer paints this picture of incredible humanity.

What you will find in this film

Photographic writing • Immersive reporting • A social view • The photographer's links to the subject • The importance of sound reporting • A photographic narration • A heartbreaking reality • A humanistic sensibility

Film chapters

summary00:00 Living with one's memories

summary04:00 Benjamin's placement

summary08:00 Educational centre / The visiting room

summary14:00 Release / A tense Christmas

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