Our project is to create a feature-length movie from what started as a video exercise in a Fiction Workshop whose participants are cerebral motor disabled adults.
HUGS UNLIMITED brings us into a surreal world of the French Seventh Republic, in 2050, where sexual freedom is prohibited for all. Hugs, affection and tenderness replace sex without ignoring it, however.
The treatment of our story is accessible to many. However a few dialogues are sexualy explicit.
The story here is a composition of socio-physiological needs and deficiencies of the participants. The ignorance of the body, the need for tenderness, the lack of sexuality, the quest for a social life and some more autonomy... The location of the action in a hypothetical future allows freedom of narration in which the postulate and the excess are acceptable.
4 teasers have already been made. They will be published in the news section each successive Wednesday, to surprise you and make you want to help us.
online since October 22, 2012
October 31, 2012
PRATICAL PLAY :
PHA Cécile and client,
Agent Robert sets up a video-camera at new Attendant,
Julie just needs a tenderness,
Salima doesn't want to stay bum on the bed,
René is blue,
PHA Sandra (Attendant 131) criticized by higher-ups...
November 7, 2012
November 14, 2012
In the seventh French republic, the sex business has been prohibited. Nevertheless, a law has been promulgated, allowing former prostitutes to practice some minimum emotional service, under video surveillance. They are now called PHA - Public Hug Attendant. This flourishing liberal Profession now attracts many men as well. Hugs and cuddles are now accessible for all. And for some of the customers with disabilities, this is already a revolution!
The "accessibility" label is increasingly requested by the PHA who do the best they can to learn the emotional support's specialized technique. The vice squad in Lyon sees this as a form of pimping disguised as voluntary work. Farid KIMOURI Commander is in command of the Brigade video control supervising this vast network. The moral order must be preserved; otherwise, intervention is essential. From his unique vantage point as a disabled person himself, he will witness a murder. the plot thickens as Farid's erotic obsessions are finally liberated.
Meanwhile, the oldest attendant, JOSÉE provides some compulsory emotional health service to prison inmates. In her cell, hugs are beneficial. Despite some excesses of virility, there is time for words and cuddles. The needs of the heart and the body alike are satisfied.
ORIGIN AND DEVELOPMENT OF THE PROJECT
The project was born in the Fiction Workshop of the Jardins de Meyzieu ARIMC (Association Régionale des Infirmes Moteurs-Cérébraux) in 2009. The participants of the workshop are at the origin of the writing of the scenario and they are also the actors.
During the early years of video creation, supervised by Fabrice Chiambretto, the participants chose to produce reports about the disability, the right to be different and the quest either for wellbeing or escape.
That was, until the day we made LES OISEAUX RARES [RARE BIRDS] (a gang of thieves in wheelchairs who develop an effective technique for hold-up, and terrorize the town's shopkeepers). This was the beginning of a real appropriation of the audiovisual tool. This movie was awarded the Prize of the City and was the Jury’s Favorite Film at the 8th Festival Seyssins in 2004.
With the short film ZAOUCH, made in 2007, a new direction was taken. The participants were able to integrate their dreams of mobility into a fictional narrative. The result had a cathartic, liberating effect. They realized that it was now possible to deliver some personal messages that faithfully portrayed their reality, other than through the reportage or documentary.
In 2007, our first feature film JUSTE AVANT DE MOURIR [JUST BEFORE DYING] is a tribute to Sergio Leone, proposed by Malek Houachi. This "specialized" western was made following the success of IL ETAIT UNE FOIS DANS L'EST [ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE EAST], a pastiche of the famous scene from the station (but of the WEST). It won two second prizes for the best fiction festival in Seyssins in 2005 and in Meyzieu in 2006 (International Festival of Schools Film).
In 2009, two creations BOXE MON COEUR [BOXING MY HEART], and FRANCESCA, allowed us to control more effectively the shift of the genre and the gentle subversion. The writing of the scenario of HUGS UNLIMITED follows then the filming of this incredible story on the thematic of the sexuality of people with disabilities, filmed with humor without condescension or false modesty.
Most participants love to act, to get into the skin of another character, to try on different personalities,... and we need to create protagonists tailored according to their personalities and their psycho-motor capacities.
Some of their modes of expression and communication are often incompatible with the filmed language. Yet it is a challenge that has been faced every time.
One might think these adaptations as constraints but they force us to be more creative. As with any fiction, it is not to show the reality, but to tell a story using metaphors while recreating a present time. This language, made of chosen moments, allows us to erase the differences of rhythms. The disability - the difference - is set aside to make room for imagination and creativity.
Many professional actors have agreed to participate in the filming:
Emmanuelle Rivière is ALEXIA BUNUEL, a sales representative of medical equipment for medical and social professionals. Apart from her work, she provides volunteer training in emotional support specialized technique - body manipulation techniques, wellness positions and psychology. Because she helps the meeting of the PHA she trains with the disabled people, the General Intelligence Service suspects her to be a pimp. This beautiful and highly desirable woman was never satisfied by her love affairs. Disappointed by ordinary men, ALEXIA is only happy when she shares this happiness. Nothing excites her more than to give pleasure to a man with disability.
Barbara Bolotner is SALIMA NOUR. SALIMA is an attractive woman with a strong character. Her wheelchair blocks her hips, but not her nice bust supported by an inflamed libido. She is vulgar and doesn’t care for the new laws of the 7th Republic. What she wants is to live her sexuality fully, even if she has to go through acrobatics! She cheats on her husband with his best friend. She will be suspected of murdering CHARLIE NOUR ... her husband.
Philippe Sivy est le commandant Farid KIMOURI, responsable des filatures à distance de la Brigade des Philippe Sivy is Commander Farid KIMOURI, responsible for surveillance for the police Vice Squad in Lyon. Despite his cerebral motor disability, FARID coordinates the operations with a paraphernalia of spy cameras and microphones. On top of governmental investigations, he must monitor the rooms of the PHA. These screens showing birds-eye views of the unlimited hugs do nothing to soothe his sexual urges. According to his superiors, the responsibility of his position is tricky. Who could imagine that his libido would not speak one day? Prisoner of his chair, his body strapped, will FARID KIMOURI get tired of the moral order that he keeps?
Bernard Villanueva plays a driver of 20 years in the services of the specialized bus company PETIBUS, in Lyon. CLAUDIUS is a jolly character, always joking. He believes he knows his customers quite well and so he gets very upset when he discover into what type of traffic they are engaged.
Charlotte de Turkheim offers her acting in the highly engaged role of JOSÉE. Public Hug Attendant, she leads a troupe of burlesque strippers whose rehearsal studio is located in the premises of an underground sex shop ... that she runs. She is a businesswoman who engaged in the business of disabled people long before the beginning of the repression of sexual freedoms. She has set up a distribution system large/semi-wholesale of sex toys. She doesn’t really like trafficking because of the risks incurred.
She will be arrested and incarcerated at the prison for men in Lyon-Corbas. This is where she will measure the extent of the damage created by these new laws. In her cell fitted for the service of Prison Hugs, she will be outraged by the many discriminations of this Republic.
Adultery, homosexuality, prostitution, pornography can be found at the bedside of JOSÉE. Rape, pedophilia and incest are not permitted - the death penalty was reinstated for these crimes. On leaving prison, she will organize "Brigade-Hugs" to fight against these unjust and totalitarian laws. Her only motto is “tenderness for all”!
Many friends, amateur actors, inhabitants of our region, the supervisory staff of the Jardin de Meyzieu ARIMC, have played the game of unlimited hugs.
Stéphane Dubessy incarne le commissaire ELLIOT, un imposant jeune gradé, responsable des missions Stéphane Dubessy plays the Commissioner ELLIOT, an impressive young officer, responsible for government investigation missions. He is the head of the Vice Squad and fights for the law "for emotional and against debauchery and licentiousness" promulgated since the advent of the 7th Republic. He takes this mission to heart, but doubts the usefulness of PHA, whom he considers as slippery as the gates of hell. Moreover, he had to strengthen his team as sexual excesses become more frequent.
Stéphane is Specialized Educator in the unit Gauguin of the Jardins de Meyzieu. He plays in CHRONIQUES BIENTRAITANTES.
Nathalie Babikian is TAMARA.
She is a friend of ALEXIA and assists her in training emotional support specialized technique to future PHA, men or women.
Nathalie is part of the pool of artists of the Jardins de Meyzieu. She plays in FRANCESCA
Mickael Curton is LUDOVIC.
He is training to become a PHA. Unfamiliar with the world of the disabled, he wished to be trained by ALEXIA to give better emotional support to people with disabilities. MASSAGE BOX
Mickael est Masseur bien-être. Il est auteur d'un coffret massage absolument d'intérêt publique. MASSAGE BOX
Aude Friaud is PEP CÉCILE.
For a long time she has worked with tetraplegics. Sharing the intimate life of people with disabilities, and facing their emotional needs motivated her into her career.
Aude is Help Carer in the unit Matisse of the Jardins de Meyzieu.
Charles-André Terrot interprête CHARLES-ANDRÉ, un client de PEP CÉCILE.
Il aimerait faire l'amour avec elle, mais c'est interdit. CÉCILE partage avec lui un autre plaisir, celui de l'affection, celui de séduire et d'être séduit... les besoins du corps et du coeur.
Part of the pool of artists of the Jardins de Meyzieu Charles-André a joué dans le film ZAOUCH
Teddy Muntz plays one of PHA CÉCILE’s clients.
Depuis que la Loi pour l'affectivité et le bien-être a été instaurée, DJANGO vient trouver son bonheur dans les bras de CÉCILE.
Teddy already acted in the documentary-fiction PARCOURS D'AMOURS.
Julie Bréat is PHA SOPHIE.
She militates for the right to sexual support for dependent and willing people.
Elle a déjà eu deux avertissements de la part de la Brigade des Moeurs. Au 3ème, elle sera iradiée de la fonction publique.
Julie is Help Medico-Psychological in unit Cézanne of the Jardins de Meyzieu.
Libert Saïd Meydan plays FARUK a client of PHA SOPHIE.
He knows SOPHIE is one of the few PHA who will risk answering his sexual needs. But that is not without trouble!
Libert is part of the pool of actors of the Jardins de Meyzieu. He lives in unit Cézanne. JUSTE AVANT DE MOURIR
Malek Houachi plays FAOUZI, PHA SANDRA’s client.
FAOUZI peut enfin découvrir la sensation d'un corps de femme contre le sien. Pour lui, c'est tellement mieux que rien !
Malek was involved in writing the script and in the preparation of filming. He has inspired the character of FARID. Malek is part of the pool of actors of the Jardins de Meyzieu. Houachi played in JUSTE AVANT DE MOURIR
Coline Cote is PHA SANDRA.
Student of ALEXIA BUNUEL, she has perfected the techniques of huging people with disabilities. She has created a decor in her room that resembles her: really funky furniture with a touch of Zen ... not to the taste the Commissioner ELLIOT.
Coline is helper at the day clinic of the Jardins de Meyzieu.
Sean Ruffier Des Aimes is AGENT ROBERT, Video surveillance technician of the Vice Squad.
Pascale Gondard plays PHA ANITA.
She is a new Attendant. AGENT ROBERT set up a video camera in her room.
Pascale is a shopkeeper and mum of 3 kids.
Claire Beffy is JULIE a friend of SALIMA. She is a young candid woman with no disabilities. She is a bit naive and lacks love experiences, but in fact, she is sincere and touching. Since she started seeing a male PHA, JULIE can finally express her emotions. Nothing is like before and that’s enough for her.
Claire is Counselor-educator in the unit Monet of the Jardins de Meyzieu.
Camille Loucif-Cerruti est PEP SAMANTA. Daniel Elgueta est RENÉ.
Daniel Elgueta is RENÉ.
He has finally found SAMANTA a PHA who understands and appeases him. His childhood dreams and super-heroes are with him again, which is maybe the reason why he hates sex-toys...
Camille Loucif-Cerruti is PHA SAMANTA.
Despite her lack of experience with “different” people, her sweetness and calm are sought after. She is much moved by the immense need for tenderness of her clients.
Camille is Executive Assistant in a small company.
Aïssa Loucif acts as PHA SAMANTA’s client.
Their hugs are very natural – an inspiration.
Aïssa is a Specialist Driver.
Annie Delphin est BRIGITTE.
Chef du Gang dit "des canards". Son parler est direct et cru. Elle se dit révolutionnaire médico-sociale. C'est elle qui dirige les opérations du groupe et qui assure le relationnel. Son handicap moteur ne se stabilise pas, bien au contraire, chaque année, elle doit trouver de nouvelles adaptations à son fauteuil pour la maintenir. Elle souffre, mais le chiffre d'affaire du recel de canards lui donne le peps' quotidien dont elle a besoin. Elle tient bon.
Annie joue dans LES OISEAUX RARES. Artiste du vivier des Jardins de Meyzieu.
David Sillet joue le rôle du CAPITAINE MABLY.
MABLY est un jeune zélé de la Brigade. Il est le deuxième Capitaine missionné sur le dossier ALEXIA BUNUEL. Il dirige un groupe d'intervention composé des brigadiers-majors PATRICIA et CORINNE.
David fait partie de PDG & Companie à Chambéry. C'est un redoutable Fight Improvisateur !
Armelle Schwenzer est CINDY.
CINDY facilite le traffic de canards. Elle simule un handicap et circule en fauteuil comme les autres.
Armelle est Éducatrice référente d'un Service d'Activités de Jour et celui de l'unité VAN GOGH aux Jardins de Meyzieu.
Elle habite à 200 mètres de l'endroit où s'est le tourné le 1er film de l'histoire du cinéma !
Habiba Dendah est ASSIA.
ASSIA est membre active du groupe des Canards. Elle se sert d'un laser frontal rouge pour communiquer, et pour viser...
Habiba joue dans les OISEAUX RARES. Auteur-artiste nomade, dernier abri connu : APF Gerland à Lyon.
Corinne Martin est le MAJOR CORINNE, rattachée à l'équipe du Capitaine MABLY.
Benjamin Best est PAUL.
Son carnet-clients est bien fourni. Grâce au traffic des canards, ses rapports amoureux se sont multipliés. Pour son plus grand bonheur.
Benjamin joue dans les OISEAUX RARES. Artiste du vivier des Jardins de Meyzieu.
Dalilha Aloui est ZOHRA MARTINEZ.
ZOHRA ne voulait pas faire du recel de canards. Elle s'en fiche pas mal de ces affaires-là. Son plaisir est ailleurs...
Hassen Benhafdallah est CHARLIE NOUR.
Il se fiche pas mal des tromperies de sa femme SALIMA. Il sera séduit par ALEXIA avec qui les choses vont mal tourner. Mais qui a tué CHARLIE ?
Christophe Clier est MAJOR JIMMY.
Coéquipier volant du Capitaine RIMELAND, JIMMY est le meilleur pilote de la brigade. Ses yeux couleur bleu-acier lui valent tout le respect de ses supérieurs et l'intérêt de l'État... car il est doté d'une vision hors du commun. Des recherches sont en cours pour lui greffer une caméra dans l'œil droit.
Nicolas Fouassier est le CAPITAINE RIMELAND.
RIMELAND dirige le groupe d'intervention composé des Majors MALIKA et JIMMY. Un de ses plaisirs, l'affection des PEP...
Nicolas est Moniteur-Éducateur au Service d'Activités de Jour des Jardins de Meyzieu.
Jean-Paul Martin est MARCO.
Il recherche sa PEP à lui... alors il les essaie toutes.
Christian Hargé est PIERRE, un des clients préférés de PEP JOSÉE.
Christian joue dans PARCOURS D'AMOURS. Artiste du vivier des Jardins de Meyzieu.
THE CAPTIONS IN BLISS LANGUAGE
I want to go to the cinema
Bliss is an ideographic language developed by Charles K. Bliss (1897-1985) comprising about 4500 symbols. This code has its own vocabulary and its own grammar and syntax. Charles K. Bliss spent part of his life to create a symbolic language whose international first version appeared around 1942.
The language Bliss was first used in 1971 in Ontario during a program to facilitate the communication of children with physical disabilities. Subsequently, the author developed the ambition to make a language of international communication. Today, this language is used in North American hospitals to communicate with dumb people, paralyzed or paraplegic. It is highly developed in France with children with cerebral palsy.
Researchers have found that children who learn the language Bliss use the same cognitive tools for learning traditional reading and writing. This code is presented in the form of a tablet in front of the person who builds his sentences by combining the signs.
We use this code in captions in the trailers. Since the language is unknown to the public, it allows us to promote it and to use it as a narrative "fantasy" (futuristic) to depict our universe.
All narrative captions in BLISS were worked out by Alain Gouby and Xavier Marrecau helped by Estelle Bratschi, speech therapist of the Jardins de Meyzieu. Tony Rego also participated.
The Director, Fabrice Chiambretto, is from the London Film School. His main vocation is to transmit the art and techniques of filmed language. Independent since 2002, he supports groups of young people as well as people with disabilities in making short films. Dominique Brougère, the Director of the Centre ARIMC gives him her confidence and has been supporting hisartistic expression for 10 years now.