Switzerland, 6 min
From the courtyard of a building, Fabrice Aragno films nature reclaiming its rights while humans keep a lower profile. Here, a fox, the wind, a bird, there the presence of a person on a balcony. With sensitivity and deceptive simplicity, Parenthèse films time as it stops and passes.
First comes the absurd noise of the everyday life, then the hidden benefits of an abrupt break, and finally the return to “life the way it was before”. From the courtyard of a building, Fabrice Aragno films nature reclaiming its rights while humans keep a low profile. Alone with his camera, the director creates a film-poem, capturing a series of snapshots of fleeting moments of daily life in this courtyard. Here we meet a fox that ventures as far as the garden, wind blowing on the leaves, birds perched on the treetop, or the presence of a person on a balcony. A soundtrack intercut with silences guides the narration, which develops in three stages. The film subtly echoes the very unusual time of the first lockdown of 2020. With sensitivity and apparent simplicity, Parenthèse recounts the time that stops and the time that passes.