The Last Humans

  • France

The setting: a mental hospital in Evreux on the eve of its demolition. Reshuffling the cards by disconnecting pictures from sound, edited with partial synchronisation, Quentin Brière Bordier focuses on the sounds of material life. The snapping of the barber’s scissors, the purring of an electric shaver, the clinking of cutlery magnified by gorgeous black and white. Devoid of words, the film departs from testimonies and rather pays close attention to faces and the ritualized gestures of daily life. Such scrutiny is absolutely devoid of nostalgia for the dilapidated walls of these outdated, prison-like rooms. And while inside the facility is slowly getting empty, condemning the last remains of past lives to vanish, and outside destruction is raging – wrecked walls, trees rooted out to the sound of thunderous chainsaws - we catch a glimpse of prostrate, stubbornly silent bodies. Obviously, from fallen trees to these last men, Quentin Brière Bordier invites us to shift our gazes beyond compassion in order to – as the title inspired by Murnau suggests – remember a humanity which is also ours. (FIDMarseille)

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  • Original Title
    Les Derniers Hommes
  • Direction
  • Editing
    Maria Koukkouta
  • Sound
    André Fèvre
  • Runtime
    55 min (46-90 min.)
  • Year
  • Country
    • France
  • Format
    • Black & White
  • Production
      • Mega-Pobec Theatre
  • Distribution
      • Collectif Jeune Cinéma
  • Festivals
    • FID Marseille 2012, Festival des Cinémas Différentes de Paris
  • Awards
    • Jury Award of the Festival des Cinémas Différentes de Paris is powered by Doc Alliance, a creative partnership of 7 key European documentary film festivals. Our aim is to advance the documentary genre, support its diversity and promote quality creative documentary films.

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