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“Inanimate things, might you have a soul that bonds to our soul and forces it to love,” wrote Lamartine. In the untouched bourgeois house invaded by swallows and dust, Jacquotte wanders through her childhood. The old wallpaper crumbles. Toys, paintings, stuffed animals, clothes and old umbrellas—how could she ever throw away all this memorabilia? Year after year, she takes inventory and saves her past until it is “saved for eternity.”

In his small apartment, an old bachelor named Daniel talks frankly with an uncomplaining humour about the difficulties in his life, his erratic romances with street girls and his hope to repeat the 20,000 euros he once won. “Unhappy in love, happy in games,” he says. As the years go by, he hides nothing from Cavalier’s camera including his invasive OCD rituals of cleanliness and security. Sometimes he feels he is on the verge of losing it, but somehow he copes. -TG

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    Alain Cavalier