Gardens in Autumn
Filmfest 2011

Languid drollery is the keynote of Otar Iosseliani's films, and this eccentric, walking-pace study of midlife change proves highly characteristic. Séverin Blanchet plays a minister in the French government who, dismissed during popular unrest, must forfeit all the perks of the job – the stretch limo, the baronial office, the staff, even his bit on the side. Yet, instead of falling to pieces, he finds his enforced idleness allows him to return to his stamping ground and reacquaint himself with old friends. He can also spend more time with his mother, played, in drag and inexplicably, by Michel Piccoli. A mood of inconsequence settles over proceedings, though the sidelong survey of life puttering on both bewitches and bemuses: the recurring sight of a caged toucan and a purring leopard might have rich symbolic value, but only Iosseliani could possibly explain what it is. Nevertheless, it's a gentle, civilised amusement. Anthony Quinn, The Independent

tags: Feature film

Cast: Séverin Blanchet, Jacynthe Jacquet, Otar Iosseliani, Lily Lavina, Denis Lambert

Credits

Director: Otar Iosseliani