We Have Forever

The lanky 20-year-old Antoine has so many options for his future: should he work in his mother’s restaurant in Montreal? Or join a friend there who is developing a theatre project and urgently needs Antoine’s skilled craftsmanship for his set construction? Should he go to Paris and study at “Ferrandi”, the “Harvard of culinary schools”, or stay in the sleepy provincial town of Port-Neuf, where he works as a welder, hangs out with his buddies and has fun with the girls, Sara and her younger sister Lea? He has sex with Sara, which curiously annoys the insecure Lea, who might still be a child, but is more mature than one might think at first sight. Talking to Antoine, the jealous Lea insinuates a story of abuse between her father and Sara, which Antoine can hardly believe and which exasperates Sara even more. At any rate, Antoine seems to develop more trust in Lea, perhaps even love.

At first glance, not much happens in this intense coming of age film, but as the film progresses we realize after some sex, some parties, long conversations about life, that the film profoundly questions what the future might hold for these young people. In fact, this is a film about time; a film that seems to slow down its narrative tempo in order to visualize the threshold at which the adolescents Antoine, Sara and Lea are: in the intermediate realm of “not yet” and “not anymore”. The three of them kiss, argue, and make up. Together, they try different tonalities of intercourse like language masks to find the tone of their own life. This takes time, which the film grants all protagonists, with its courageous use of narrative de-dramatization. Between the ages of 18 and 20, an eternity lies ahead of you, full of decisions, detours and setbacks.

22 November 2018 — 17:00 — Kino im Stadthaus II
23 November 2018 — 22:00 — Kino im Stadthaus I
24 November 2018 — 13:00 — Kino im Stadthaus I
24 November 2018 — 18:00 — Kino I
25 November 2018 — 19:00 — Kino II

Paul Barbeau

Canadian filmmaker Paul Barbeau began his career producing music videos. In total he shot over 700 of them for several internationally known artists. Due to financial difficulties of the company he finally had to resign from this work. Thereupon he worked among others with the directors Maxime Giroux and Ivan Grbovic. Together they produced several award-winning short films, such as “Le rouge au sol” (2005) which was shown at the Sundance Film Festival. Now he presents his second feature-length work as director “We Have Forever” (2018).