From the Branches Drops the Withered Blossom

From the Branches Drops the Withered Blossom (Paul Meyer, 1960)
From the Branches Drops the Withered Blossom
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From the Branches Drops the Withered Blossom (Paul Meyer, 1960)
Price
Prijs
Prix
€ 3,50
Language
Taal
Langue
French, Italian
Subtitles
Ondertitels
Sous-titres
Dutch, English, French
Only available in
Enkel beschikbaar in
Disponible uniquement en
Belgium, Luxembourg
Duration
Duur
Longueur
85'
Aspect Ratio
Beeldverhouding
Format d'image
1.66

An Italian family in search of a better life comes to join the father, a miner in the Borinage (Belgium). They arrive as someone else is about to leave: Domenico, another Italian miner. After 17 years down the mine, he longs to return to his village now that there is less and less work. Poetically and expertly, Meyer films not only the misery and poverty of miners’ families but also their moments of joy: children's first day at school, festive Sundays, games on the slag heaps...

Representative of Belgian social cinema both by its contents and its fate, the film From the Branches Drops the Withered Blossom (Déjà s'envole la fleur maigre in French, the title being inspired by a poem by Salvatore Quasimodo) is undoubtedly Paul Meyer’s crowning achievement. Undeservedly unseen for a number of decades, this film has been returned to its former glory thanks to restoration by the Royal Film Archive of Belgium.

“Despite a flood of prizes on the festival circuit, the Belgian release of From the Branches Drops the Withered Blossom lasted a matter of days. Meyer’s revenge came in 1994, when a Parisian distributor relaunched the film to unanimous applause. The consignment to over 30 years of obscurity of a major film in Belgian cinema is one of the greatest injustices of its entire history. This space is insufficient to celebrate so many sequences: the arrival of an Italian family on the same day as the return of an aged immigrant; the initiation of an apprentice to the ways of the mine, the local celebrations, a hubbub of different languages. And the whole, a poignant, beautiful neorealism set against the backdrop of the coal tips and eroded landscapes of a suffocating Borinage.”

René Michelems

Price
Prijs
Prix
€ 3,50
Language
Taal
Langue
French, Italian
Subtitles
Ondertitels
Sous-titres
Dutch, English, French
Only available in
Enkel beschikbaar in
Disponible uniquement en
Belgium, Luxembourg
Duration
Duur
Longueur
85'
Aspect Ratio
Beeldverhouding
Format d'image
1.66
A Film by
Een film van
Un film de
With
Met
Avec
Brighella, Giuseppe Cerqua, Luigi Favotto, Valentino Gentili, Dominico Mescolini, Dolorès Oscari, Christiane Perret-Bry, Giuseppe Pozzetto, Attilio Sanna, Pietro Sanna
Script
Scenario
Scénario
Paul Meyer
Image
Beeld
Image
Freddy Rents
Sound
Geluid
Son
André Goeffers
Producer
Producent
Producteur
Paul Meyer, Maurice Taszman
Editing
Montage
Montage
Roland De Salency, Paul Meyer, Rose Tuytschaver
Production
Productie
Production
Les Films de l’Eglantine