Production : Hugues Le paige
Duration : 57 min
Color Beta Digital 4/3
O.V. french
S.V. english



With a career equally divided between journalism and biography, Jean Lacouture has followed the events of the past half a century from a singular vantage point.  As a journalist of the decolonisation, he met and portrayed all the great leaders of the third world (Ho Chi Minh, Nasser, Sékou, Touré, etc…).

As a biographer, he chose to recount the stories of men in whose lives politics ans aestetics were intimately interwoven (Malraux, Blum, Mauriac, Mendès-France, de Gaulle, Mitterand).  As a politically committed witness, he both cultivated the notion of “immediate history”, and developed an “heroic” conception of the world.  This film presents a portrait of Jean Lacouture that focuses as much on his certainties as on his doubts, and as much on his commitments as on his contradictions.  It seeks to define the “stance of the biographer” as well as that of the journalist.  How did Lacouture situate himself in relation to the figures he elected: was it a question of identification, empathy, opposition or distance… ?  And from where does Lacouture speak as a journalist ?  This is a reflection and a dialogue inseparable from my own personal experience as a journalist and researcher.  An it provides the through-line of this film.

Data Sheet

  • Script and direction : Hugues Le paige
  • Image : Vincent Fooij
  • Sound : Thierry Ferret
  • Originale music : Guy Dussart
  • Editing : Anne De Jaer
  • Mixing : Bertrand Leroy
  • Production manager : Véronique Marit
  • Associate producer : Luc Dardenne
  • Production : Dérives


Produced with the help of the "Centre du Cinéma et de la Communauté française de Belgique", the "Télédistributeurs wallons" and the "Région Wallone".

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