Paul Dédalus is preparing to leave Tajikistan. He remember his childhood in Roubaix, his mother’s attacks of madness, the bond that united him and his brother Ivan, a devout and violent child. He remembers, turning sixteen, his father, the inconsolable widower… His trip to the USSR where a clandestine mission led him to offer up his own identity to a young Russian… He remembers himself at nineteen, his sister Delphine, his cousin Bob, the parties with Pénélope, Mehdi and Kovalki, the friend who was to betray him. He remembers his years as a student in Paris, his meeting with Doctor Behanzin, his growing vocation for anthropology. Above all, Paul remembers Esther. She was the heart of his life. Gently, “a fanatic heart”.
Director: Arnaud Desplechin
Cast: Mathieu Amalric, Lou Roy-Lecollinet, Quentin Dolmaire, Léonard Matton,Why Not Productions, France 2 Cinéma, Canal+
Cinematography: Irina Lubtchansky
Script: Arnaud Desplechin, Julie Peyr
Production: Pascal Caucheteux, Oury Milshtein
Runtime: 123 MIN.
Score: Simon Rhodes