Fiction / 16min
Juliette lives in a small country town. The eighteen year old adolescent is about celebrate her "three and half year" anniversary with her boyfriend. Her hopes of a perfect date are shattered and make way for a violent break up.
Melanie's film resembles her and that surely is what attaches me to it in the first place. It's so devious the way movies make you discover who you are, who you thought you weren't and ultimately who you would like to be. Melanie is a discreet and stubborn woman, secretive and proud, shy and intense. It's hard to know where she's taking you, but she holds your hand. Burns tells in its own way the dark side of the love relationship when you are a girl who is not "obvious" and that you would like to love normally, bourgeoisly. The heroine is a princess; she lives in a castle with a pet except that everything is messed up: the dog runs away and the mother says slimy and disgusting things with her mouth. The princess loves a prince, but he is also a mess: he says disgusting things with his slimy mouth, but he kisses so well. The beauty of the film - and its difficult bet - is not to explain much and especially not to link, for example, the death of a hedgehog and the undressing, a knife on the skin and the word caress instead of the word blow. And we remain locked up like the princess in the dungeon of love.
Hippolyte Girardot / Actor, director