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quietearth [Celluloid 11.14.09] France movie news drama fantasy

We've been clocking this little ditty for some time now, and while I've been waiting for footage, I figured it was time to throw some stills up. Although there's not much to see, the story sounds fascinating and the manga (by Jirô Taniguchi) it's based off is apparently quite popular. Supposedly there might be some alcoholism in here as well, but I can't verify if that's translated to the big screen. Oddly enough, Sam Garbarski's next film Vertraute Fremde has a similar theme, that of a man awakening as a much younger version of himself.

Thomas is in his 50s, married, a family man, worn down by the tedium of his life. Returning from a business trip, he takes the wrong train and ends up unexpectedly in the town where he grew up, and to which he has not returned for years. He visits his mother?s grave and is overwhelmed by memories of her, and of his father who disappeared without trace, on the eve of his birthday, 40 years ago. Overcome by dizziness, Thomas collapses, unconscious.

Coming to, he sees that his mother's name is no longer inscribed on the gravestone. Is he dreaming, or has he travelled back in time? A child once more, he has no choice but to return home, to his mother, his kid sister, his dog.

Stills after the break.

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