La Place d'un Autre (1993)

Genres - Comedy Drama  |   Run Time - 88 min.  |   Countries - France   |  
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This autobiographical drama tells the story of a young man with a promising future who goes completely to pieces following a run of truly awful events, and who gradually puts back the pieces to his life with the help of art. At the beginning of the film, Thomas (Samuel Le Bihan) is an up-and-coming actor. His proud and loving father is watching him in a Shakespeare performance. Not long afterwards, his father dies, Thomas accidentally kills a bicyclist with his car, his girlfriend leaves him, and he develops a disorder of the inner ear. As a consequence of these and other misfortunes, he becomes depressed, attempts suicide, and has a psychotic break which lands him in a mental hospital. Though putting his story on film may have been cathartic for director René Féret, reviewers had difficulty warming to this film.