Dad's Leaving

(Papa s'en va)

The portrait of Jacques, the 70-year-old father of documentary filmmaker Pauline Horovitz, proves that dreams can come true at any age. After retirement, a respected doctor will leave his comfort zone and, for example, become an actor in a Chinese blockbuster.

He lived a life of duty and responsibilities. At the family's request, he became a doctor, never took a vacation, avoided social life, and focused only on work. But then came retirement. "There is no difference between retirement and death. If it were up to me, I would never have retired," Jacques initially tells his daughter Pauline, who films him. It was not until he was 70 that he first confronted the question of what he really wanted to do in life. In the face of an unknown situation, completely new possibilities emerge for him. In an intimate family film, through the camera and the kind humour of Jacques's daughter, we witness the transformation of a repressed and somewhat unsociable man into someone who discovers through acting improvisation courses what it means to have emotions and be alive.

About the film

Director: Pauline Horovitz
France
2020 | 60 min.

Language: French

Subtitles: Czech, English
In the case of outdoor and indoor screenings, the films are shown only with Czech subtitles.

Czech premiere

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Category

Old Age Rises

Director

Pauline Horovitz

Filmography
2020 - Dad's Leaving
2013 - Des châteaux en Espagne

Pauline Horovitz

Screenings

15. 05. 14:00 Jeden svět živě: Stream
DiscussionPauline Horovitz, director
Jacques Horovitz, protagonist

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