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BFM — 40
BFM — 40
Nowhere Man
28 March
2022
22.45
Auditorium – Piazza della Libertà
Directed by Patrice ToyeItalian title: L'uomo del nulla [t.l.]
Belgium, Netherlands, Norway, Luxembourg / 2008 / 96 min.O.V. / Subtitles: it.

Tomas is in his 40s. He lives a seemingly normal and good life. His wife Sara is a beautiful and gentle woman, well thought of by everybody. They live in a fairly nice house on the outskirts of a Belgian city. They have good jobs. But for years Tomas has been toying with the secret dream of abandoning it all and disappearing out of his life and into some new undefined reality. His secret fantasies have added colour and excitement to his otherwise dull life. Time has come to act, and one spring day he tricks the world to believe he is dead. Once disappeared though, he realises his dreams did not go any further. He has no idea what to do and what to become.

Notes

«Intriguing and insightful, the film shows that while the fantasy of abandoning everything and everyone, and assuming a completely new identity, might sound appealing, the wisdom remains true: Wherever you go, there you are. Toye, who co-wrote the script with Bjorn Olaf Johannessen, uses dream sequences and surrealism to illuminate her points and the result is a satisfying blend of drama and social comment».

(Ray Bennett, The Hollywood Reporter, august 2008)

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