The narrative feature debut of documentarian Frédéric Dumont’s “Angel At Sea” is an adept study of the emotional abuse a child suffers when enmeshed with a parent. French bureaucrat Bruno (Olivier Gourmet) oversees an international food program in Morocco. The program is failing and manic-depressive Bruno walls himself off in his room. Calling his 12-year old son Louis (Martin Nissen) in from a football game, he shares a toxic secret: he plans to suicide. Louis’s mother (Anne Consigny) eventually realizes the symbiotic connection between her guarded husband and his taciturn son. Dumont used autobiographical material, in part, to inform this jewel-like meditation on the worst kind of abuse, the kind that colonizes the mind. Winner, Crystal Globe, Karlovy Vary Film Festival, 2009
Presented by the Consulate General of Belgium in Los Angeles, in cooperation with Flanders Image and Wallonie Bruxelles Images, with the support of E.L.M.A. (European Languages and Movies in America): L.A. Premiere!
American Cinematheque’s Aero Theatre
1328 Montana Ave at 14th St
Santa Monica, CA 90403