In any case Luc Plissonneau had written and directed a short film that revolves around wine and two connoisseurs, father and daughter Archilles Lambert (Bernard Gadrat) and Roxane (Anne Cazenave), the latter who had prepared four bottles in a blind taste testing session for her father, who is into the final days of his life, each carefully prepared to mark a milestone in Archilles life. This of course gives Plissonneau an opportunity to dive back into the 40s to the 70s to expand on the story and add some complexity into the production, which he does with aplomb through carefully crafted scenes in sepia and black and white.
The non-linear narrative is filled with the ups and downs of a man's life, from moments of shameful guilt brought about by the impetuousness of youth, to that of pride with the celebration of his first born in Roxanne, about memories and ultimately family, with the final scene reserved for that powerful, moving emotional bond between father and daughter that's set in a vineyard, imparting an important reminder and lesson on life, and how to live life.
You can view the film here:
Les Mains / Izak's Choice (2011)
But what's life without its tragedies? If there's a message to be brought out from this impressive short film, it is how we choose to deal and address our disabilities and our treatment of loved ones, when it's always so easy to walk out on them. The surprise that's shown 8 months later in the film proves that a disability should not just simply stop someone at their tracks, and to address that head on is something just as beautiful, even if it may shock others at the forefront, but later on impress upon that the magic doesn't just disappear. Plissonneau's film shows exactly just that through its moving musical pieces, especially the one chosen for the finale.
In a way this film served like a companion piece of The Red Thread in its emotional themes, and in the way the narrative got presented with its non-linear timeline, except that this one showed more variance in the way Plissonneau demonstrated his knack for more creative camera angles, yet keeping the story very rooted to a strong emotional core. Production values are kept high even for a short, and if Luc Plissonneau is using these films as a showreel for what he's capable of, then he's on the right track in his ambition to finally make a feature film. Recommended!
Here's the trailer: