A modest but effective fable that can be read on several levels, "Peekaboo" concerns a man whose well-being is modified when he's forced to live in, well, a well. Sporting a minimum of dialogue, sophomore pic from Yves Caumon is gently parsed with imaginative and incongruous schtick, which makes it a nice bet for fests, including for kids.

A modest but effective fable that can be read on several levels, “Peekaboo” concerns a man whose well-being is modified when he’s forced to live in, well, a well. Sprightly venture explores haves and have-nots, the evidence of our senses and what makes a house a home. Sporting a minimum of dialogue, sophomore pic from Yves Caumon is gently parsed with imaginative and incongruous schtick, which makes it a nice bet for fests, including for kids.

When a country realtor shows a large, dilapidated old house to Frederic (Antoine Chappey) and his wife Caroline (Lucia Sanchez), he says it has been vacant 32 years. Inside, Raymond (wide-eyed mime Bernard Blancan) hastily scatters his possessions and hides. Soon workmen are refurbishing the place by day, while Raymond spirits away cement and straw to make himself a home in the property’s abandoned well. A sort of benign gremlin, agile Raymond washes his clothes in the pool and secretly borrows or rearranges household objects, resulting in where-are-my-keys confusion for the newcomers. Some area residents believe him to be a ghost but Raymond’s new experiences on the invisible periphery of the family point him toward life among the living.

Peekaboo

France

Production

A Sunday Morning Prods. production. (International sales: Films Distribution, Paris.) Produced by Bertrand Gore, Nathalie Mesuret. Directed by Yves Caumon. Screenplay, Caumon, Emmanuelle Jacob.

Crew

Camera (color), Josee Deshaies; editor, Sylvie Fauthoux; music, Pascal Le Pennec, Thierry Machuel; production designer, Jacques Bufnoir. Reviewed at Cannes Film Festival (Directors Fortnight), May 17, 2005. Running time: 90 MIN.

With

Bernard Blancan, Antoine Chappey, Lucia Sanchez.
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