›› So long, Paris! ‹‹

a short film by Charles Dudoignon-Valade.

2020 | 18 mins | France.

a highly original take on coming out - to your daughter!

Dave says:

From writer and director Charles Dudoignon-Valade comes this highly original take on coming out - to your daughter!

Not that Lucy (Lucy Pouchoulin) is your typical pre-teenager; delighting in telling lies to strangers about her parents' alleged demise, whilst not averse to climbing rooftops as agile as a cat, this is a young girl whose rebellious approach to life is aptly reflected in the clothes she wears. Yet behind her mischievous smile is a child who refuses to accept her parents' divorce, determined to somehow see one and all reunited, as one big happy family. Only that's not going to happen, given her father Paul (Arthur Igual) is now more than happy in the loving arms of another man (Gaël Kamilindi). Trouble is, everyone appears to know that he has a boyfriend, apart from Lucy herself. Forever putting off telling her the truth, something has to give and give it certainly does, when her father's lover comes calling!

Frankly, there's a lot to like in this highly engaging short film that poignantly plays the coming out scenario from the father's perspective. Only and as wonderfully natural as Igual is in a role that finds him ever fearful of losing the devotion of the daughter he clearly loves, should her reaction to his homosexuality be of the negative kind, it's Pouchoulin who by no surprise steals the show, here playing Lucy in an almost androgynous style, along the way showcasing a multitude of emotions as a young girl furious not at her father's newfound sexuality; rather of being the last to know about it.

Beautifully played throughout and complete, as you would expect, with a series of lush picture postcard views of Paris by day and night, including many of its famous landmarks, this is a work that above all tells its bittersweet tale in an achingly realistic fashion, with Lucy having exited stage left upon having discovered the truth, walking the near deserted streets of Paris alone in a bid to finally come to terms with the reality of her parents' divorce, with her father seemingly always two steps behind in his desperate search for her. That all's well that ends well goes without saying, in a work that is but a pure delight.

›› available as part of the NEW QUEER VISIONS catalogue: THE FRENCH BOYS - VOLUME 1 shorts compilation.
›› posted: Friday, 14th January, 2022.

Gay Visibility - overt. 
Nudity - bare-arsed cheek. 
Overall - file under ... 4 stars. 

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