Cinema Libre has selected Sept. 27 as the domestic DVD debut date for writer/director Thibault Arbre’s haunting, Now We’re Alive.
In sort of an alternate reality, Tom (Charles Lemaire), upon turning 25 years of age visits an office complex where he will sit at one end of a room, blindfolded, while a dozen or so young women read aloud from a scripted set of phrases at the other end of the room. When he hears the voice that is special to him, she will be his mate.
This “utopian” near-future society’s twist on marriage is certainly one way to cut through all the messy clutter of dating and trying to find your special soul mate. You just hear the “voice” and it’s done … well, almost.
It works this way, Tom hears the voice and then has 30 days to hear that same voice again out in the world. He will know it instantly and that will be that.
Now Tom has his task set before him and he tries to imagine what beautiful creature must match the “voice.” He has quite the imagination and conjures up Jeanne (Victoria Oberli), a fantasy woman that certainly must be what the “voice” must look like — beautiful, intelligent, sexy, exotic. Yes, Jeanne is certainly the one.
One day Tom does in fact hear the “voice” in conversation and is surprised to discover that she, Lea (Laure Haulet), isn’t anything like he has imagined. This isn’t right. His parents, her parents, society, they all insist that once you hear the “voice,” and then find the “voice,” the process is done … this is it.
So what happens to an individual who doesn’t buy into the end result? Tom sees, hears, talks to … makes love to Jeanne. Does she even exist? Or is our protagonist losing his mind? Is this what happens when the “voice” doesn’t match your reality?
Now We’re Alive is a provocative film that draws you in and makes you wonder … is all of this real, or something more? Now We’re Alive is presented in French with English subtitles.