Pierre-Yves Vanderweerd
2014. Belgium, France. vo occitan. s French. 77’

The tourmente (blizzard ) is a snowstorm that disorients and leads astray. In French, it is also the name given to a melancholy caused by the harshness and length of winters.

Wherever this storm blows, men erected bell towers to call back the lost. And shepherds, in the course of their transhumance, used their flocks to invoke lost or forgotten souls.

Guided by the bells of a herd and by the evocations of the lost, this film is a journey through the tourmoils; those of the mountains and of the winter, those of bodies and of the souls, those which reveal to us that what nature cannot obtain from our reason, it obtains from our madness.

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