In the end, what matters?
Taking critical moments in the existence of Emil, a Cameroonian actor based in Paris, One Man’s Show explores the life of a middle aged Man as he tries to make sense of the choices that has lead him to homelessness and squatting in the dingy make-up room of a local theatre.
Walls covered with posters of theatre plays, some which only a few will ever see. This is a space of rituals of the imagination.
Emil, sits in front three mirrors: three screens, his images reflected.
“Papa, what is the difference between memory and imagination”,
…the nine-year-old boy asks, as his Father comes to the end of an imagined bed time story.
There is something sombre about this relationship, a distance between the two… Perhaps from things unsaid.
Earlier, in the day, Father and Son played in the fields. It is Son’s birthday and Father had put on a Clown show to please.
Told in four acts: Birth, Hell, Purgatory and Paradise, ONE MAN’s SHOW, is a film made up of elliptical vignettes of memory and imagination, broken dreams, broken hearts and the cost to relationships of a “passion” to remain true to one’s self.
Birth opens with a balloon floating along a stream carried by the current.
original format: HD
running time: 75 mins
screening format: DCP
sound mix: mono
image format: colour/bw
aspect ratio: 1.85 : 1