WHY THE LONG COFFEE?
In the winter of 2019, to overcome my fatherly pain, I filmed the constraint hospitalisation of my son Nathan, on the threshold of his uncertain entry into adulthood.
We could (should, even) dispense with an explanation, and simply take the friendly advice given by a first intertitle: “Listen carefully”. So, listen and look: the deep calm breathing of a son, a very big son, who is sleeping; the hand that is gently caressing his nape and belongs to the father, behind the camera. Off film, Philippe De Jonckheere explains that his son, Nathan, has a specific form of mental disability that is aggravated by his entry into adulthood: this is the when he films him, partly at the hospital where he has had to be placed temporarily, partly in the open air in a gentle landscape of lakes and forests. The film portrays their relationship but carefully refrains from recounting anything, especially as father and son are far from talkative. The peaceful fluidity of the film’s progression almost has us forget that under its appearance of a visual diary, Un café allongé… is more like a science of collage (the hospital sequences are traversed by captivating sound arrangements) that produces somewhat distraught even tearful sensations without words. In the Cévennes, where the film ends, these sensations evolve towards a peacefulness whose benefits bring relief to both son and father, as well as the viewer, under the double aegis of Fernand Deligny and a ray of sunlight that gently relays the paternal hand on Nathan’s nape.
Philippe De Jonckheere
1944, my dad, a child in Lille, sees some V1 flying over to the UK.
1951, Robert Frank takes a snap of a young girl in Paris: my future mother.
Born in 1964.
1986, enter ENSAD. Boredom.
1988, scholarship in SAIC (Chicago), Barbara Crane, Joyce Neimanas, Ken Josephson… Boredom ends.
1990, Robert Heineken’s assistant, miracles every day.
1995, Mai de la Photo in Reims, censored exhibition. Troubles.
1998, back in France, quit photography, take on writting. Not gifted.
1999, buy a PC, learn how to use it as I learn to write. And vice-versa.
1999: Birth of Madeleine.
2000, build a website, Désordre.net. Birth of Nathan.
2004: Birth of Rémi, on April 9th. The same day, Nathan is diagnosed with autism and my father undergoes heart surgery.
2012: “Robert Frank, dans les lignes de sa main”
2015: Nothing — goes to the wrong restaurant on november 13th, otherwise…
2017: “Une fuite en Egypte”
2021: “Le Rapport sexuel n’existe plus”
2022: “Je ne me souviens plus”
2023: “Why the long coffee?”
2024: “Les Peigne-culs”
2027-2064: Learn the double bass and join the Cèze Valley activists.
2064: Successful suicide.
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