A young woman is invited to her lover’s house in the south of France but no one answers the doorbell when she arrives. A workman lets her in and shows her to the guest room, informing her that her host was suddenly called away but his children will soon return from the beach. Merle’s encounter with the teenage son, Felix, and his younger sister, Emma, is initially cold but improves over the next couple of days.
Merle manages to occupy herself while she waits for Romauld to return. Interacts with his son and daughter, lies in the sun, reads, works on a book she’s writing, takes walks, and explores the commercial part of the town below. And when she tries to reach him she gets a recorded message asking her to leave a message. Unsure how long he’ll be away or when he’ll reappear.
Everyday Objects is directed by Nicolas Wacherbarth (Germany/France 2013), who describes his film as a thriller abut uneventful days. It screens two more times at the Sundance Kabuki Cinemas during the 56 San Francisco International Film Festival. Tickets and info at San Francisco Film Society.
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