Plot 35 review – cine-memoir uncovers a family mystery

Éric Caravaca’s reflective documentary traces his family’s history to their life in Morocco and an unspoken tragedy

Éric Caravaca is the French actor and director who has starred in films such as Philippe Garrel’s Lover for a Day, Patrice Chéreau’s His Brother and The Officer’s Ward by François Dupeyron – to whom this film is dedicated. It is a sad, thoughtful, if slight piece of work, a 67-minute cine-memoir about his family, personal myths and memories.

It was worked on over a long period: Caravaca’s dad, a wary interview subject, died during filming. Caravaca’s parents, Angela and Gilberto, were from Morocco but came to France in the early 60s, when Éric and his brother Olivier were born. But there was a family mystery: their sister Christine died in infancy in Morocco, in circumstances his parents were always reluctant to discuss. Her grave, in “Plot
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