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|Originaltitel:||Les Châteaux de Sable|
|Laufzeit:||Ca. 98 min.|
|FSK:||From 12 years|
After the death of her father the photographer Éléonore (Emma de Caunes) inherits his house in Brittany. In the house by the sea she spent many beautiful moments and connects with him valuable memories of her father, but also of her ex Samuel (Yannick Renier). Since business is not going too well, she is forced to sell the house. It's a difficult process you're supposed to be helping Samuel with. While new prospective customers are constantly being led through the house, Eacute;léonore and Samuel are confronted with their past and their failed love, which doesn't necessarily make letting go any easier…
"The Castles of Sand" is a very quiet drama about farewell and grief. The sale of the deceased father's house and probably the last reunion of a former couple who obviously still feel a lot for each other - all this evokes many memories that are difficult but necessary to let go of. It took fifteen years until Olivier Jahan was able to stage a second film after his debut, which was also due to the fact that his first work was not a financial success. With a small budget, he has now set about putting together a small, but quite substantial film. He was inspired by his own experiences selling his family's house.
The drama is full of numerous little moments of great truths about life, staged with a lot of emotion, a little quiet humour and a very pleasant reserve. The two main actors play authentically and you can really feel the intense past they have in common. Even though their looks and gestures reveal a lot, the viewer learns even more about their emotional world and also about their past through a narrative voice from off. Only at the end is it revealed from whom this voice comes, which gives the whole an additional attraction. On the one hand, the narrative perspective is shifted and kept at a distance not unlike that of the viewer. But in contrast to the audience the narrative voice is "omniscient" and can reveal the emotions of the protagonists very honestly.
"Die Schlösser aus Sand" is a nice movie for all arthouse lovers, who have a weakness for very calmly told, almost poetic life and love stories. A drama that shows how difficult it can be to overcome the fear of a new beginning and how painful it often is to finally let go of what you love or have loved. For this there is clearly a deserved one: Worth seeing!
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