Sweet in­spi­ra­tion

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Film -

WHEN sought-af­ter film stunt man and horse trainer Marc Guer­mont (Dupon­tel) is in­jured on set, he is left with­out the use of his legs and is wheel­chair bound.

Com­ing to terms with his con­di­tion, learn­ing to lit­er­ally get back on the horse and deal­ing with the in­sur­ance com­pany takes its toll and he be­comes bit­ter about his sit­u­a­tion.

Pay ne­go­ti­a­tions be­tween him and the com­pany’s case of­fi­cer Florence Ker­nel (De France) are drawn out, with the com­pany do­ing its best to rip him off, but Marc is re­sis­tant.

Brought to­gether by bu­reau­cracy, the two de­velop an un­likely re­la­tion­ship – she in­spires him to re-bond with the horse that caused his con­di­tion and he in­spires her to take up her pas­sion of play­ing the pi­ano again.

The sweet sen­ti­ment to this film is that we can find in­spi­ra­tion from the most un­likely places; th­ese two found

each other at a point in their lives where it was needed the most. The two ac­tors are mes­meris­ing on screen, with De France given a rare multi-lay­ered fe­male lead to bring to life in what is usu­ally an af­ter­thought in th­ese kinds of dra­mas that tend to fo­cus on the male lead.

Where this story fal­ters slightly is in the in­evitable ro­mance be­tween the two.

Had this re­mained plu­tonic, it could have been much more pow­er­ful and af­fect­ing. In­stead, the ro­mance feels more like a tacked on cliché that Hol­ly­wood hastens to in­clude as op­posed to a nat­u­ral de­vel­op­ment.

Sweet with­out be­ing nau­se­at­ing, mov­ing with­out be­ing melo­dra­matic, En équili­bre (In Har­mony) is a sub­tle piece of sto­ry­telling.

It screens as part of the Perth In­ter­na­tional Arts Fes­ti­val Lot­tery­west Fes­ti­val Films. Pro­gram and tick­ets at www.perth­fes­ti­val.com.au.

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