By :
Laura Amelia GUZMAN, Israel CÁRDENAS
Dominican Republic, 2010
84 min
The increasingly desperate journey of an Haïtian professor to find his place in the world or a reason to live. Jury Award at the Venice Film Festival.
The Haitian professor Jean Remy Genty is always on the move, looking for work. A graceful figure stands out from the crowd; a model Christian, with his books under his arm. On his journeys we see the changing scenario of the city; buildings, men working, noise and movement. Although a job on a building site is a possible option for the unemployed Haitian, Jean does not feel up to it, feeling old and weak. He is looking for something more suited to the intellectual he considers himself to be.

Jean starts to give up hope; he feels the natural need to grow, to have a home, a wife. His desires and his thoughts become confused. Bad feelings start to grow within him, distorting his perception of everyday life. In his despair, he cries out to God for his rightful place. Feeling overwhelmed in the city, he makes a decision: to leave for the interior of the island and try to come to terms with himself through his faith and his beliefs and thus give himself and God one more chance.

Jean arrives at the coast. There he tries to build a primitive home from the ruins of derelict houses. He remains there, with no fixed purpose, trying to create a sense of belonging to something: a place, the daily food. The days go by and Jean, not being used to the countryside, finds himself isolated once again, until he finds out he is not alone in the area.