Le Révélateur

Le Révélateur


A child, a little boy of five or six, and a man and a woman, a young couple, his parents: this is the basic equation of Le Révélateur. An isolated house, a forest on the edge of a deserted and winding road, a quarry forming an abyss, overgrown fields, a disturbing tunnel in concrete: such are the forlorn spaces, with no other presence than their own, that they inhabit with their wanderings and their games. An elegy in simple language that follows a sinuous path, Le Révélateur encloses its spectators in a timeless, symbolic universe which seems prone at any moment to self destruct. The shots drip with a desperate poetry, inhabiting the realm between under- and over-exposure, between on and off-screen, day and night, waking and sleeping, and existing under the constant threat of dissolution.

 "When we filmed Le Révélateur in Germany, every time we tried to set up a shot, the police came along: that in itself didn't bother me much. I had to come to Germany in part for that: to shoot near military camps, to create this feeling of being oppressed." – Philippe Garrel

"Le Révélateur is a silent film. A couple and their child flee in the face of an unknown, but still considerable menace. A film with neither laughter nor mutterings. In a desolate landscape, full of humidity and humiliation, we see the weakest of beings stage his revolt: a child." – Bernadette Lafont

"For me, it was an absolute pleasure, at the time when Philippe Garrel had perfectly assimilated the importance of the cinematic image to the point of baptizing his film Le Révélateur ('Developer'), allowing me the greatest liberty to improvise and to invent, with voluntarily minimal lighting in order to stimulate our imagination and an extremely sensitive film stock in order to capture the faintest glimmers or the strongest apparitions. If the photography of this little silent film borders on the amateurish, it is nonetheless one of the most beautiful in the history of cinema with its luminous and charming dreamlike manner and its reasonably fantastic narration, of remembering or of suggesting a wealth of sentiments, poetic and profound." – Michel Fournier

Special Features

- 32-page booklet about the film and the Zanzibar group by Sally Shafto and Emeric de Lastens