Cinema as a place of encounter

Le jour du printemps

by Raphaëlle Bessette-Viens, Tom Boyaval, 2019 (in France)

France | 20 minutes 26 | French

Tom underwent a mastectomy surgery on March 21, 2018. Following a healing complication, he is waiting for his surgeon’s approval to resume his daily activities. The film focuses on his post-surgical journey. He recounts his altered body and his eagerness to go on vacation.

FIFEQ’s review

One of the programming team’s many favorites, Le jour du printemps is a film that is at once touching, intimate, and politically necessary. It also hints at the possibility of a participatory, cellphone-based narrative of the everyday that is cinematically powerful. It is not only a film about bodily transformation and its protagonist’s relation to this transformation, but a cinematic encounter between the director and Tom.


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