Chapiteau (1984)

Run Time - 95 min.  |   Countries - Switzerland  |  
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A violinist who has become dispirited by his everyday routine takes a leave of absence from his orchestra and his female companion to run off and join a circus where he drives a tractor and helps set up the tents. His inspiration for this bold move came from an aging elephant trainer who seemed to have more self-esteem and quiet wisdom than anyone else the violinist knew. Once he joins the circus caravan, he meets an attractive woman and thus begins an affair he had never planned on. One day the struggling owners of the circus have yet another crisis -- a performer has an accident and is sent to the hospital -- how can they come up with another act at the last minute, with such limited resources? The answer to that question may lie in the talents of the violinist, each day more involved in the life of the circus than the day before. The sensitive observation of human behavior in this drama adds to its interest, although a completely developed narrative would enhance it all the more.

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accident, career, circus, disillusionment, extramarital-affair, life-changes, life-choices, love, redemption, romance, violinist, wisdom