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Shock Waves: First Name Mathieu

Ondes de choc—Prénom: Mathieu

Contemporary World Cinema

Maxime Gorbatchevsky plays the title role in this chilling but empathetic drama, set in rural Switzerland in 1986. Mathieu is a 17-year-old survivor of rape and attempted murder--and all signs point to the perpetrator being a serial killer. Repeatedly questioned by the avuncular Inspector Jotterand (Michel Vuillermoz), the protagonist struggles to reconstruct the horrific incident and describe his assailant; meanwhile, his family tries in vain to balance their sympathy with their profound discomfort. Director Lionel Baier's film is charged with suspense: as we wait for Mathieu to make a breakthrough, every awkward glance from a neighbour, every verbal exchange, every rote human gesture seems shot through with its own unnameable danger. Smart, brave and inquisitive, the teen shows little desire for revenge; what he seems to want most is to speak with his assailant. As much as his suffering, it’s his desire for communication that generates the most pathos--and the most tension.

Screens in program Shock Waves: Program 1 & 2


North American premiere
Director Lionel Baier
Country of Origin: Switzerland
Year: 2018
Running Time: 60 mins
Format: DCP
Language:In French with English subtitles
Cast: Maxime Gorbatchevsky, Michel Vuillermoz, Ursina Lardi, Pierre-Isaïe Duc, Mickael Ammann, Adrien Barazzone, Nastassja Taner
Producer: Lionel Baier, Agnieszka Ramu, Françoise Mayor
Screenwriter: Lionel Baier, Julien Bouissoux
Cinematographer: Patrick Lindenmaier
Editor: Pauline Gaillard
Music: Christian Garcia
Production Company: Bande à part films
Print Source: Bande à part films

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