Director: Sylvain Chomet
Cast: Guillaume Gouix, Anne Le Ny, Bernadette Lafont, Hélène Vincent
Country: France, 2013
Genre: Comedy / Drama
Duration: 106 minutes
From Sylvain Chomet, the much-loved director of The Triplets of Belleville and The Illusionist, comes a story of music, remembrance and victory over the odds.
Thirty-something Paul (Guillaume Gouix) lives in a Paris apartment with his aunts (played by Hélène Vincent and the late Bernadette Lafont), two old aristocrats who have raised him since his parents died when he was two and who dream of seeing him become a virtuoso pianist.
Paul’s life is made up of the same daily routine that takes him from the grand piano in the living room to his job as accompanist at his aunts’ dance studio. Cut off from the outside world, Paul has aged without ever having lived…or talked.
But everything changes when he meets Madame Proust (Anne Le Ny), his neighbour from the fourth floor. This eccentric woman has the recipe for a herb tea that, with the help of music, is able to conjure up the most deeply buried memories. With Madame Proust’s help, Paul will both discover his past and find the key to living.
Whimsical, quirky and melancholic, Attila Marcel is a tale of what happens when art and life meet.