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If It Were Love

Country: France, Language: French, 82 mins

Original Title

Si c'était de l'amour
  • Director: Patric Chiha
  • Producer: Charlotte Vincent

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The film about Gisèle Vienne’s dance piece “Crowd” is a techno party gone rave, awash with repetitive movements, physical and emotional encounters between fifteen bodies charged with sexual energy. The camera keeps us plunged into the heart of the choreography, repeatedly zooming out to allow for an insight into the rehearsal process. Through staged one-on-one conversations between the performers, we learn about the background story of their characters. In this way, the characters in the choreography become the characters of the film: there is a trans* boy, a “Nazi” boy that desires a gay boy, a girl attracted to troubled people, and a woman who exudes raw sexuality. Reality and fiction begin to blend. Loud electronic music accompanies the ecstatic bodies moving in slow motion. The cinema becomes a rave and an extension of the stage, and a dance documentary turns into an exhilarating neon-lit fresco of a young, international troupe.

Continuing his exploration of alienation, hyper-sensuality, emotional violence, human tenderness, and performance of (queer) sexuality, Patric Chiha has created a transformative film with a distinctive style, dripping with visual and emotional intensity.


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Cast & Characters

Philip Berlin
Marine Chesnais
Kerstin Daley-Baradel
Sylvain Decloitre
Sophie Demeyer
Vincent Dupuy
Massimo Fusco
Núria Guiu
Rehin Hollant
Georges Labbat
Oskar Landström
Theo Livesey
Louise Perming
Katya Petrowick
Anja Röttgerkamp