CHARLES, DEAD OR ALIVE
DIRECTOR: ALAIN TANNER
CAST: FRANçOIS SIMON, MARCEL ROBERT, MARIE-CLAIRE DUFOUR
Tanner’s coruscating debut introduces a figure who will recur throughout his body of work: the individual who, confronting an insupportable social reality, decides instead to launch himself into the unknown without a safety net. In this case, the insubordinate is François Simon’s small factory owner, who, faced with perfect middle-class comfort and no end in sight, decides to detonate his cookie-cutter existence. No mere sloganeering radical, Tanner here already shows himself acutely aware of the emotional cost of resistance, drawing blood with his bold opening shot.