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The Loner of The Fresne Castle • presentation
Having been mayor of his village in the rolling farmlands of Normandy for nearly a quarter of a century, Alain du Perier de Larsan has decided to step down. Now that he is weakened by illness he no longer leaves his castle, the last remaining vestige of his family heritage. The old mansion teems with memories harking back to his extraordinary lineage. As the elections approach, every day a steady stream of visitors comes to see the Count at home. The Deputy Mayor has brought the City Council members to discuss the years they have been working together and how difficult his succession will be. Other visits are purely social: a fellow Resistance fighter, a couple of neighboring farmers, and one of his former cooks, among others. These encounters are ideal moments for the past to resurface and for confidences to be shared, and through them the personality of this 80 year-old aristocrat gradually begins to emerge: an anti-conformist and a rebel profoundly affected by the Resistance and deportation, the first crucial experiences in a lifetime completely dominated by the refusal to accept things as they are.
Documentary of 55 mn - Year of production 2001
A coproduction Archipel 33 - Arte France with participation from Centre National de la Cinématographie and Commission Télévision de la Procirep

screenplay and direction
based upon an idea from

original music
color grading
texts read by

Pierre Beuchot
Roseline Delmas

Isabelle Razavet
Jean-Claude Brisson and Murielle Damain
Patrice Mestral
Martine Bouquin
Jean-Claude Brisson
Eric Salleron
Jean-André Fieschi

une coproduction Archipel 33 - Arte France 
with participation fromCentre National de la Cinématographie and Commission Télévision de la Procirep
Year of production:

55 mn
Video - 16/9° - color