While one voices tells us of the Pastoral, this vision of the birth of Christ in Provence, Natacha imagines herself as the Virgin Mary carrying Jesus in her womb, on the desolated waterfront of Marseille. Her Joseph is called Jérémie, her adolescent love, her love forever. Jérémie whom she hasn’t seen in years, except when he appears on TV next to the minister of Health: Jérémie has become someone important, he travels the world while Natacha has remained a local GP, in the town where she is born, in the neighborhood where she has grown up.Jérémie actually cares for her, stands close to her but she doesn’t know that. She doesn’t know anything anymore. One day, her father found her in such a state, dead still, dumbfound: « psychic astonishment» say the doctors. They set her to stand up, she stays up… They set her to sit, she sits…They serve her food, she eats. Jérémie moves into Natacha’s home. He sits where she sat, he listens to the music she listened. And the memories come back : they were fourteen, and during the Russian class, Jérémie couldn’t pronounce correctly « My father is an engineer». They love each other. Passionately. Every year, with a ritual, they decide if they should keep on or not. One day, they didn’t and Jérémie left far away, around the world. Nowadays, Jérémie is back, and he doesn’t know yet if he is going to stay. His investigation to find out what has happened to Natacha will introduce him to the people she knew, he’s going to love the people she loved, take care of the people she took care… like a walker who got lost in a life that is not his own.
MY FATHER IS AN ENGINEER
- Robert Guédiguian
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