Une vie radieuse / A Radiant Life.
France, 2013, 17', DCP
Nineteen-fifty two, The Radiant City of Marseille receives its first occupants, eighty civil servants and compensated from war, coming from the four corners of France. Some are led by the promise of Le Corbusier's ideals.
Upon arrival, a couple experience the location, facilities, and space allotted to them. The woman prepares a meal whilst the man sets up furniture in the living room downstairs. They each respond to the new habitat. Its uniqueness, its details. Their bodies question its spatial radicalism.
An unsettling retro science-fiction film, explores the grim side of Le Corbusier’s utopic visions of the . In a masterful blend of archive materials, choreography and fiction, MERYLL HARDT examines the alienation raising when the need for geometrical harmony of space overshadows the need for human warmth. The coldness of the concrete sneaks into the character’s lives, while the sterility of the house becomes a sterility of human relationships. The proves unable to support life. The living space turns from home into a concrete cage."