by Maurice LEMAÎTRE
2005 / color / sound / 1S / 75' 00

At the end of 2004, I read in the newspapers that Japan was saddened by a wave of collective suicides which were being organized through the internet.

Despite the specifically Japanese cultural aspect of voluntary death, I wanted to link these particular adolescent suicides to those affecting every other country, including France, where the number of suicides is growing among adolescents and even among children.

I asked my videographer friends in Tokyo to send me images concerning these collective suicides, images which I proposed to insert into my film on the subject and which I would combine with other images which, to me, seemed pertinent to this massacre of youth, a historical Cancer which I have always denounced and to which we have always proposed radically new solutions.

It was necessary for me to approach the project with all the formal audacity of which I was capable, out of respect for the vital audacity of my young comrades and also out of respect for those who had committed suicide.

If the mechanical term "resilience" - the capacity of a particular metal to resist shock - sprang immediately to mind, as the title of the piece, it's because I would like to call upon all children and adolescents (who are tempted by suicide) to resist the chaos of the infernal world in which they find themselves, in order to build a better humanity - where the idea of destroying oneself would become absurd


distribution format Mini DV
screen 4/3 (single screen)
speed 25 fps
sound sound
rental fee 200,00 €