Concorso Cineasti del presente
How does inspiration come? Can you make it come? The young writer at the center of L’Indomptée, Camille (Clotilde Hesme), believes that an answer might be to look for it in the right place. After winning a yearlong residency at the Villa Medici, home to the French Academy in Rome, she moves there with the firm intention to write her first full-length novel. Despite a writer’s block worsened by the maddening productivity of her notorious husband, Camille finds an ally in the elusive Axèle (Jenna Thiam), who helps her see the illustrious mansion’s walls for what they are: a hideout for muses indifferent to passing time.
Caroline Deruas explores the instinctive idea that old stones may be more worthy of trust than people. The word of humans, and in particular a rather pitiful sample of the male gender, seems shortsighted and calculating, a slave to desires and insecurities. Thankfully, the filmmaker casts a caustic eye on the grotesque spectacle of these all too familiar human emotions, to an often exquisitely amusing effect.
Walls, on the other hand, don’t lie. And when a woman confides her secrets in the ear of a statue, slithering among her sculptural mate’s convolutions, the presence of one friendly ghost, Luis Buñuel, is instantaneously palpable, transporting the uncontrollable erotic impetus of his surrealist masterpiece.
In Ms. Deruas’s delicate weaving of reality and imagination, ideally adorned by Nicola Piovani’s bewitching music, a living person fades out of a picture while inanimate characters come to life. In this dreamy landscape, inspiration is within reach, literally.