Martien

Maxime Pillonel – Martien

One evening, two robbers try to hold up a gas station. They point their guns at the cashier, who despite their yelling, fails to react the way they’d expected…

Diploma project (2016) by Maxime Pillonel

Professors
Bruno Deville, Raphaëlle Desplechin

Fiction / 9 min

Synopsis

One evening, two robbers try to hold up a gas station. They point their guns at the cashier, who despite their yelling, fails to react the way they’d expected…

Comment

The din of an automatic door slamming. The din of a freezer motor. The deafening ventilation of an air conditioner. A very close-up on a hearing aid. Welcome to the ear of Martien, a young man with a hearing impairment, employed in a gas station, who, one night, is going to undergo an extraordinary experience... Maxime Pillonel's challenge is to make us see, hear and, above all, make his handicap an expressive force, just like his hero. The distortion of the sounds, the precision of the deaf dialogues, the sustained rhythm of the editing, the overkill of characters, each one more out of place than the other, make this comedy a fable on the difference. The choice in Martian is to make us laugh, and here, crack, boom, wizzz, it works!

Bruno Deville / Director