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FOREVER - A FILM BY HEDDY HONIGMANN

Dutch documentary maker Heddy Honigmann takes us on a mesmerizing tour of artists’ graves in Paris’ famous
Père-Lachaise cemetery, but what could have been a morbid exploration of dead icons becomes instead a moving
celebration of the living. Honigmann follows the men and women who make pilgrimages to the cemetery, unearthing their sometimes sad, sometimes uplifting stories. There are those who come to tend the graves of their loved ones – lost husbands, wives and parents – and those who leave offerings for their favourite writers and musicians – Chopin, Proust, Ingres and Jim Morrison. Occasionally, we follow these pilgrims home, or to work.

There is the young embalmer who finds inspiration for his difficult work in the art of Modigliani and three blind friends who explain their devotion to the film Les Diaboliques – despite the fact that none of them has ever seen it.

A beautiful and inspiring film that illuminates the hidden strengths of the human spirit – its ability to endure death and find solace in art, love and life. (2006, 95 min., in French w/English subtitles)

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