Point de fuite (1988)

Story: A beautiful art teacher arrives to class and finds her taciturn, impassive students standing at attention with their clothing in a collective pile on the floor. So begins Olivier Smolders’ playfully erotic and intriguing work, inspired by Belgian surrealist Marcel Mariën (1920–1993). Featuring a muted and meticulous colour palette (in a rare departure from the filmmaker’s preferred black-and-white schema), the story takes the verbal form of a lesson on the laws of perspective (the French title means “vanishing point”) while the actions of the students and wandering eye of the camera suggest the real lesson of this self-described “educational film” may run in another direction.

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