It was the Château Davignon, between Arles and Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer, that inspired Yves Chaudouët to write this fiction. Louis, a young heir, has his attention caught by the sight of a young woman he believes to be lost in his park. In reality, she’s one of his servants out on a stroll. Transports Davignon is a film about the gaze. It is about gazing at the other, but also, reflexively, about cinema’s gaze, about the image, largely inspired here by the author’s experiences with painting. It’s also a political fabliau, and a critique of conventional tales. On the title card at the beginning of the film, a quotation from Michel Foucault on Raymond Roussel announces one of the central references of the film: “The origin is finally restored to its unity only by the triumph of vision; that is what separates the truth from its mask, divides good from evil, separates being from appearance.”
Movie coproduced by the Rencontres d’Arles, with support from FRAC PACA, Marseille.
With support from Devialet and the Conseil Départemental of Bouches-du-Rhône
Publication: La Connaissance des Sources, Actes Sud, 2017.