'AN AFTERNOON IN PARIS'; TO SEE SUBTITLES, CLICK "SHOW ANNOTATIONS"
Romain Desbiens (who runs the site Brian De Palma: Virtuoso Of The 7th Art) has completed a new short film, Un Après-midi à Paris ("An Afternoon In Paris"), which you can watch above. The film now has subtitles-- if you cannot see them, make sure to click "show annotations" at the bottom of the YouTube player. The plot follows a man who has a break between trains in Paris, where by chance he sees an ex-girlfriend. Romain, who now goes by the name Romain Lehnhoff (because "nobody knows how to pronounce 'Desbiens' even in France"), says the story was "conceived in a symmetric way:
First part: the train arrives/the guy walks in the streets/meets the girl/discuss with her in a café.
Second part: they discuss in the room/they split up/she walks in the streets/the train leaves."
Certain shots in the film were inspired by Brian De Palma, especially the double-mirror shot in the red bathroom, which Romain says is his little reference to the sort of "natural split screen" during the meeting of Holly Body in Body Double. There is also a "Passerelle Debilly shot" that is very similar to a shot in De Palma's Femme Fatale. Romain also took inspiration from Conversations with Other Women, and says that An Afternoon In Paris is "a kind of story about french 30-year-old people of today, my generation, who don't really know what they want, and about the speed of life."