Six Portraits XL - No. 2 Daniel and No. 3 Guillaume

Six Portraits XL - No. 2 Daniel and No. 3 Guillaume

Saturday, May 5, 2018 - 12:00pm
Alain Cavalier | 
France |
 2017 | 
104 minutes


No. 2 Daniel

“Daniel Isoppo writes short texts that he plays in the theatre. He also acts in films. In his youth, he was a filmmaker. Everyday, in cafés, he plays Rapido grids and also enthusiastically indulges in the many scratch cards offered by the French Lottery.” - ALAIN CAVALIER

In his small apartment, an old bachelor talks frankly with an uncomplaining humour about the difficulties in his life, his erratic romances with street girls, and his hope to repeat the 20,000 Euros he once won. “Unhappy in love, happy in games,” he says. As the years go by, he hides nothing from Cavalier’s camera including his invasive OCD rituals of cleanliness and security. Sometimes he feels he is on the verge of losing it, but somehow he copes. -TG


No. 3 Guillaume

“Guillaume Delcourt, 34-years-old, supported by his wife Jasmine, is such a talented baker that there are queues outside his premises. But the bakery and the cake shop are narrow. Guillaume is looking for a bigger location to blossom, to turn his name into a reference. He’s a perfectionist, he visits and visits, but nothing suits him.” –ALAIN CAVALIER

Gently bickering with his wife and his daughter Clara, as he prepares for the grand opening of his new bakery and cake shop, Guillaume’s 15-hour workdays are packed with preparations. The dough must be brought to the right stage of acidity, and then there is the baking of croissants, pastries, and macaroons. Still, he is moved by “the magnificence of a successful ganache.” -TG


Alain Cavalier

Alain Cavalier is a writer and director, born on September 14, 1931 in Vendôme, Loir-et-Cher, France. He studied film at the Institut des hautes études cinématographiques. He is best known for Thérèse (1986, César Award for Best Film, Best Director, and Best Screenplay), Un étrange voyage (1981), Libera me (1993), and his most recent film, Pater (2014, César Awards nominee for Best Film, Best Director).