What a sweet “little” film (and little in a very positive manner) Cinema Libre has lined up for a domestic DVD release on Dec. 9. It is titled The Little Bedroom.
The filmmaking team of Stéphanie Chuat and Véronique Reymond teamed Michel Bouguet as Edmond (Renoir, Toto the Hero, etc.), an octogenarian with declining health who struggles on a daily basis to hold onto what little freedom he has left, with Florence Loiret Caille as Rose (Le Petite Chambre, Berlin Backstage, etc.), a caregiver who has a sudden life-crisis of her own … and the result is screen magic.
Rose makes the rounds, checking in on the “old” people to see how they are doing. They are just patients, nothing special. Edmond is one of those patients … he’s trying to keep one step ahead of being put in a home by his son (Joël Delsaut), who means well, but would like get on with his life. It is just the nature of things.
When Rose loses her unborn child, she grows distant from her husband (Eric Caravaca), who also wants to get on with things … he has opportunities and now, suddenly, she is standing in the way. That too is just the nature of a changing relationship.
When Edmond has an accident, it is Rose who comes to his aid, and instead of him being confined to a home she has him move in with her. Two people connecting, both — as it turns out — needing each other. Yes. Edmond’s time is short (this will pass), but for now; for this moment this is what it is … a story of tenderness, caring and love.
The Little Bedroom is indeed a sweet “little” film, but it packs one hell of an emotional wallop!
In French with English subtitles.