The filmmakerâ€™s grandfather, suffering from Alzheimerâ€™s, remembers, obsessively, an episode from his youth: an elegant young woman climbs over the railing of the pier and jumps into the water; he saves her. The old manâ€™s speech becomes more confused; the women of his family repeat the story, now become mythical, using re-speaking techniques inspired by “verbatim theaterâ€; the filmmaker reconstructs the scene, casting a young woman whose blonde chignon brings to mind Vertigoâ€™s Madeleine. Yet the moment comes when the grandfather has to be brought to a nursing home, where, gradually, he fades away. His mind, his breathing, fly away with the passing time, along the flowing water. The last image that stays with him, is that of the pier..
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