In The Courtyard

Directed by Pierre Salvadori. 97 minutes. Rated R. French with subtitles.

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Presented as part of the Tournées Film Festival in collaboration with Holyoke Community College, with support from the FACE Foundation.

Middle-aged musician Antoine (Gustave Kervern) suddenly decides to end his career. After several days’ aimless wandering, he is hired as the caretaker of an old residential building in Paris.

Mathilde (Catherine Deneuve), a recently retired resident, is generous-spirited and deeply involved with the management of the building. After she discovers a crack in her living room wall, her worry gradually turns to panic - what if the building were to collapse? Slowly, Antoine develops a fondness for this woman he is afraid will slip into madness.