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CARRÉ 35 (PLOT 35)

Documentary | France, Germany | 2017 | 67 min| French (English subtitles)
Director: Eric Caravaca
Immigrants Story: French in Morocco

“Plot 35 is a place that was never mentioned in my family; it is where my elder sister, who died aged three, is buried. The sister about whom I was told nothing, or nearly nothing, and of whom my parents had oddly never kept a single photograph. It was to make up for the missing images that I decided to make this film. Thinking that I would simply chronicle a forgotten life, in fact I opened up the hidden door to a past that I was unaware of, to the subconscious memory that lies inside each of us and who makes us what we are.”

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Awards:

  • Prix du public documentaire, Festival international du film francophone de Namur (Belgique, 2017)

  • Jean Renoir Students Award (France, 2017-2018)

Selections:

  • Cesar Awards - French film industry awards - Best Film Documentary (2018) 

  • Cannes Film Festival - Special Screenings (2017)

  • COLCOA French Film Festival (United States, 2018)

  • Festival International du Film Francophone de Namur (Belgium, 2017)

  • Munich International Film Festival (Germany, 2017)

Film Reviews:

Through a combination of narrative and interviews conducted by the director himself, Plot 35 provides a suspense-filled investigation that also serves as a political history lesson about state denial, suggesting that, in a sobering reality, a connection between the two may not be such a stark concept.

– The Upcoming

 

But with forefathers who escaped from Spain to Morocco and Algeria and then had to leave for France when those countries became independent, it also offers a fascinating snapshot of 20th-century history and how it impacted one family on a personal level.

– The Hollywood Reporter

 

The film's tone is one of deep compassion, building to an affirmation that every single human life is to be celebrated.

– Time Out

 

It is a sad, thoughtful, if slight piece of work, a 67-minute cine-memoir about ... family, personal myths and memories.

– The Guardian