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.”
Prix du public documentaire, Festival international du film francophone de Namur (Belgique, 2017)
Jean Renoir Students Award (France, 2017-2018)
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)
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