Through the Forest

Synopsis: After the death of Renaud, her boyfriend, Armelle can't possibly take him out of her mind. Her sister advises her to see a medium, in whose house she meets a boy who strangely looks like Renaud...
Genre: Drama, Fantasy
Director(s): Jean-Paul Civeyrac
Production: Indie Crush
Rotten Tomatoes:
65 min


Your flowers are so beautiful.

They smell nice.

l look awful.

Mornings shouldn't exist.

You wake up and you see horrors.

What l see is you.

Just like l said.

l mean, the loveliest of visions.

Not at all.

How should l wear my hair?

You'll see.

This way is no good.

lf l make a forelock, it looks punk.

lf you say so.

Do you prefer it like this...

or like this?

Your English has improved.

You're joking.

Never about something so serious.

So l can go to NY with you?

You'll introduce me to Johnson?

Only if you wear your hair right.

ln that case...

This way.


Or else...

this way.

Also okay.

You don't know or don't care?

l wouldn't dare.

You're so handsome, you know.


Well, now you do.

Thank you.

And am l pretty?


Armelle, you're not pretty.

You're very pretty.

No, very, very pretty.

Thank you, my pet.

The sun's out.



The sun's out. Look.

Open your eyes.

You're not going to sleep all day.

My lover is a despicable lazybones.

- l know your song.

- Which one?

You'll see. You listening?

What happened? lt's dark!

Darn! lt's going to rain.


lt was sunny a moment ago.

There weren't even any clouds.

Where were the clouds?

Anyway, l don't feel like going out.

l feel like making love

all day long.


Where are you?

See? lt looks like

it's night already.


They're not dreams, Berenice.

Renaud is there. l can see him.

He touches me.

We talk.

lt's real. lt's genuinely real.

lf l find that book, you'll see

they're all known experiences.

Armelle, Renaud is dead.

lt's been three months.

We'll never see him again.

lt's awful, but true. Renaud is dead.

l know,

but at night he's so present,

so alive.

lt's an illusion.

Maybe it's a sign.

A sign of what?

Armelle, don't torment yourself.

You have to forget and move on.

You'll meet someone else one day.

You'll see, you'll be happy.

You're so small-minded.

Our sister says Renaud comes back

to see her, to make love to her,

and all you can say is,

Forget him, you kook.

Look, Roxane, you and l have spent

whole nights in this bed with her.

We never saw Renaud.

We never saw or heard anything. Ever!

Maybe he only comes when l'm alone.

l found it!

These are accounts of people

who had contact with the dead.

Did you read it?

- No and it scares me.

- l'll read you something.

Don't play around with that, Roxane.

You're hurting Armelle.

l'm helping her.

l'd like to leave

with a clear conscience.

Then goodbye, Berenice my dear.

Keep your mind open

for your nice boss.

l'll take good care of Armelle.

l promise.


This is a woman whose husband

has been dead a year.

''One day,

''when l was crying,

''my thoughts obsessed with Jean-Marc,

the phone rang.

''My first impulse was not to answer.

''l wanted to be alone.

''l'd lit a candle, as l liked to do

in these moments of great pain.

''l don't know why, but l couldn't

take my eyes off the flame's glimmer,

''which was reflected in the receiver.

''The phone kept ringing.

''Suddenly, without meaning to,

''my hand picked up the receiver.

''l was stunned to hear

Jean-Marc's gentle voice.

''He said,

''My love! My Louise!

lt's me, Jean-Marc!

''You're not dreaming.

''l wanted you to know l'm fine,

''that l'm waiting for you

in the utmost peace.''

She goes on to say

this happens every day.

Sometimes, she calls, and he answers.

- Think it's true?

- Why shouldn't it be?

l think the dead are somewhere,

that they live somewhere,

and sometimes make contact with us.


Are you nuts or what?

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Jean-Paul Civeyrac

Jean-Paul Civeyrac (born 24 December 1964) is a French director whose films are usually characterized by close attention to music and actors' bodies. He has adapted a French novel by Anne Wiazemsky, Hymnes à l’amour, with the title All the fine promises (2003). This movie was awarded by The Prix Jean Vigo 2003. Jean-Paul Civeyrac is professor at the French school, La Femis, and graduated from the University Lyon III (philosophy). Jean-Paul Civeyrac has discovered many young talents : Camille Berthomier in À travers la forêt Valérie Crunchant in All the fine promises, Lucia Sanchez in Les solitaires, Renaud Bécard in Man's Gentle LoveHis movie À travers la forêt was presented at Festival Paris Cinéma (2 July 2005) and at Toronto International Film Festival 2005 September. In his survey of contemporary French cinema, Tim Palmer discusses Civeyrac's career in the context of his teaching at the major French film school, la Fémis; Civeyrac's status as an "applied cinephile" in which he carefully cites and revives the aesthetics of historical filmmakers like Mizoguchi and Cocteau; his neglected situation outside France; and his position as a remarkably uncompromising director, whose films often refuse to differentiate between fantasy and diegetic reality. more…

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