Friday, December 10, 2010

René Allio - Moi, Pierre Rivière, ayant égorgé ma mère, ma soeur et mon frère... aka I, Pierre Riviere (1976)


This film is mesmerising, not least because the director, René Allio, chose to use a cast entirely made up of real villagers from the area where the events took place. They serve him well, because the film has an authenticity and naturalness which would have been impossible to capture with trained actors. Based on the book by the French philosopher, Michel Foucault, the film charts the gruesome events that took place in a village in Normandy in 1835.

Pierre Rivière murdered his mother, sister and brother in an attempt to free his father from a life of drudgery brought on by her wilfulness and profligacy. The film is powerful because Allio chooses to show the crime from different perspectives as well as calling on the astonishing testimony of Pierre Rivière himself, which he wrote in prison and from a narrative that examines the historical milieu in which the action was set and our notions of what truth is.

This film is gripping because the cast inhabit their roles with such conviction and because it is both a portrait of a psychopathic killing and its aftermath and a truly accurate historical reconstruction. The film also makes much of the fact that this case was historically unique because it was the first to allow psychiatric testimony to be used.

Allio deserves a medal for coaxing some miraculous performances out of his actors, particularly Claude Hébert as Pierre, Jacqueline Milliere as his mother, Joseph Leportier as his father and Annick and Nicole Gehan as his siblimgs. They should be singled out for the veracity and honesty of their work. It merits particular distinction, as does the beautiful camera work by Philippe Barrier. A remarkable piece of history, beautifully told.


Full text of Foucault’s foreword to I, Pierre Riviere… is here link .

From the review:

The film is slow moving, particularly at the beginning, and the occasional awkwardness of the staging in the early parts may make some viewers impatient. But it acquires a cumulative power and, largely through Claude Hebert’s performance, becomes hard to forget. There is a refusal to label Pierre as one thing or another. Was he a psychopath? Mentally alienated? A religious maniac? Perhaps he was just a misogynist who hated seeing women gain the upper hand. The film flirts with all these explanations – through a variety of other voices – but never comes down on one side or the other and the explanations given by the scientists are curiously unsatisfying, as if one man’s mind defies simple analysis. The ending, even though it is unsurprising, is genuinely moving and the complexity of the film means that it stays with you – haunting, provoking – long after the final credits.

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