Allo La France

Dir. Floriane Devigne; 2023


Willy Wilson @ Ragtag Fri, Mar 1 10:30 AM
Q&A with assistant director Benjamin Mercui
The Globe Sun, Mar 3 2:30 PM
Q&A with assistant director Benjamin Mercui
Film Info
Original Language:French


Floriane Devigne is obsessed with phone booths. She has collected nearly 2000 photographs of them over eight years and the more this public service disappears, the more her fascination grows. Fuelled by playful curiosity, she takes us along for the ride in this mischievous road movie to visit the last remaining booths scattered throughout the countryside, in France’s so-called “dead zones”. Along the way, strangers call in to talk to Devigne, seizing the opportunity to reminisce, confess, or wax lyrical. These conversations, interwoven with chance encounters and archive, build into a polyphonic portrait of the evolution of modern society. Reflecting on the role of communication and the disappearance of public utilities, Allo La France is a charming and thought-provoking investigation into the inevitability of progress and the complexities of globalization. (CT)