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NO REST FOR THE BRAVE
aka PAS DE REPOS POUR LES BRAVES
UK: Tartan Films
Cast: Thomas Suire, Thomas Blanchard, Laurent Soffiati, Vincent Martin, Pierre-Maurice Nouvel, Roger Guidone, Nicole Huc, Jean-Claude Baudracco, Bruno Izarin, Jacques Mestres, Serge Ribes, JerOme Mancet, Valerie Pangrazzi, Marie-Pierre Neskovic, Jeanne Delavenay, Catherine Tolosa
Director: Alain Guiraudie
Language: French (English subtitles)
UK: 104 mins
UK Release Date: 26 August 2005 (Limited Release - London, ICA)
One of France's brightest filmmaking prospects is the totally unclassifiable Alain Guiraudie, the 40 year-old director whose long-form short film REAL COOL TIME was singled out for praise by Jean-Luc Godard at the Cannes Film Festival in 2000. This out-there coming-of-age movie is Guiraudie's feature debut.
It follows the surreal odyssey of Basile (Thomas Suire), a young man who daren't fall asleep for fear that he'll die. However his adventures, which bring him into contact with all sorts of colourful characters, already seem to be taking place in an unreliable dreamscape masquerading as a pair of rural French villages (named 'Living' and 'Dying').
Despite the extreme narrative anarchy and often wild style, this is a carefully designed and very deliberately structured attempt to capture the liberation and lassitude of youth. Playing like a combination of Alain Resnais and Richard Linklater, this is a tremendously fresh and appealing bit of mischief. Guiraudie's new film — the earthy, gay fantasy-adventure TIME HAS COME — proves that he's moving into stranger territory with every film.