Cineuropa - Keeper or the stormy transition from adolescence to adulthood

Guillaume Senez skilfully avoids falling into the trap of sentimentalism by adopting a realist approach that is direct and devoid of superfluous embellishment. Keeper is a moving story, that’s for sure, but at no point does it overdo the emotion. What the director is interested in is the “truth” of the here and now, the spontaneity of a piece imbued with the very life force of his actors. Indeed this, the debut feature film of Guillaume Senez, is built on the experiences of the director himself and his actors, in a sort of emotional melting pot enriched by all those involved. The emotions expressed by the main characters are an (in)voluntary reflection of their own emotional baggage and personal lives.

Reality seductively blends with fiction in a ongoing quest for spontaneity and authenticity. It’s hard not to think of directors such as Alain Tanner or even the Dardenne brothers and Mike Leigh, who tenaciously aim for a direct form of cinema enriched by a sometimes sublime attention to aesthetic detail themselves.

KEEPER is not only a film about adolescence, a time of levity tinged with incomprehensible violence, but above all a film about fatherhood or rather the impossibility of becoming a father. Max wants to take up his role, facing up to a situation that leaves him paralysed at first, but he can’t do it. Society forces him to step aside, leaving it up to his mother and his mother alone to make his decisions for him. Keeper is about passion, and the quest for unconditional love despite the difficulties of a reality that is often to harsh to face up to. A moving and violently seductive film.

Muriel Del Don cineuropa.org
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