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Chant d'amour (Un)

Country: France, Language: French, 26 mins

  • Director: Jean Genet
  • Writer: Jean Genet
  • Producer: Nikos Papatakis

CGiii Comment

It's a dance, a beautiful dance.

It is nearly 60 years old.

It has never been surpassed.

Take shame modern directors/writers of this genre.

Exceptional in every way.


Watch...

Un Chant d'Amour (Jean Genet, 1950) from cesar coveña on Vimeo.

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The(ir) Blurb...

Inmates in a French prison are attempting to fulfill their sexual and emotional needs under the confines of their individual cells. Two inmates in particular, who are in adjacent cells, try to make that connection to the other, both physical and emotional, in whatever way they can. In their current attempt to do so, they are so caught up in the fulfillment they receive of that connection that they fail to notice that a voyeuristic guard has been watching them through the small peep holes in their otherwise solid cell doors. The guard was tipped to the activity by one of the two men trying to pass a bouquet of wild flowers to the other via their barred cell windows. The guard confronts one of the inmates. Although their encounter is primarily violently physical, each man copes with the situation by fantasizing about what is truly in his heart.

Cast & Characters

Java as Hand swinging the blossom;
Coco Le Martiniquais as Second dancing prisoner;
Lucien Senemaud as Younger convict