Anywhere

Juliette Menthonnex – Anywhere

Mia, a former trapeze artist from Florida finds herself at the head of a small circus with her husband in German-speaking Switzerland. Despite an exhausting nomadic lifestyle, Mia has faith in the circus tradition and patience while passing on this cultural heritage to her daughter Simone.

Diploma project (2018) by Juliette Menthonnex

Professors
Olivier Loustau, Alain Gomis
Award
Jacqueline Veuve Award
Know-how
documentary

Documentary / 32 min

Synopsis

Mia, a former trapeze artist from Florida finds herself at the head of a small circus with her husband in German-speaking Switzerland. Despite an exhausting nomadic lifestyle, Mia has faith in the circus tradition and patience while passing on this cultural heritage to her daughter Simone.

Comment

Anywhere is the story of a life on the road where destination matters little. With great delicacy, Juliette Menthonnex places her empathetic and benevolent gaze in the heart of the Stey family, one of those great circus families in which destinies seem sealed from birth. Here, it is all about learning and transmission, work and perseverance in order to transform sweat into diamonds, caravans into palaces. 

Juliette accurately films this flight forward from the circus of our childhood: that of the glittery acrobats and the pom-poms, with the disappearance of a world in the background. There is a nostalgia of beauty in this backstage scene.

Raphaël Sohier / Sound editor