About Les Îles (Islands)

By Charles Tesson

With the soberly lyrical and infinitely gracious Les Îles (Islands), Yann Gonzalez gives his personal version of La Ronde by Max Ophüls. The endless circularity in the mechanisms of desire are conveyed in joyful sequencing from the actors to the spectators. Instead of desire, the need for the theatre, maliciously revealed with the forces of cinema (the opening game of the frame scale) and the pleasures of the eye (the direct elation), of the ear (the deferred elation, with the sound recording). At the crossroads of the two given entities (the theatre stage and the frame of a shot), which are the body of this beautiful erotic poem, the islands bear wings.

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