Mary’s father (personifying in the film the secular version of God-Father) is explaining to her the religious version of the universe’s very construction

The father (Bruno Cremer) uses geometry to symbolically explain to Mary the importance of the concept of emotional solipsism for building independence of the character


Upon her return from visiting her father (her parents separated and Mary – Rebecca Hampton now leaves with mother and spends the weekends with father) she is putting on Mahler’s symphony and with magic suddenness started to improvise a dance-pantomime. She never had done something like this before. But her father had mentioned to her Mahler’s music right before she has left.

In the beginning Mary’s dance looked like a dance…

…or even like a not typical rhythmic physical exercise to a solemn music.

But step by step many viewers start to feel tense and unpleasant

We have never seen anything like this and don’t know how to react to something like this. It looked as if something terrifying started to happen with Mary in front of our very eyes. Traditional religious believers could perhaps say that it is devil enters Mary’s soul, but it looks that according to the logic of the director’s (Anne Marie Mieville) images it’s not a devil but rather something like a demon of solipsism enters Maria’s soul and her unconscious (demon as a symbolic name personifying the very spirit of post-modern way of living, when self-assertion and permanent rivalry for getting advantage over others became the very goal and meaning of life).

When Mary’s mother (Aurore Clement) returns home she finds Mary on the floor. She felt as if after losing consciousness – she became like another human being. May be, it’s just the natural result of becoming older when a human being starts to really internalize the social norms.


Mary will continue to live with her mother and visit her father, but in this shot we see that mother and daughter, as if, are saying goodbye. O no! Mary (Rebecca Hampton) will continue to be loved by both parents but in another way, more matter-of-factly, less emotionally. May be, indeed, Mary is just growing up and along with it everything becomes strangely different… But, may be, she has lost something – before she loved mother and father together, as one being and she felt herself as a part of both of them. She and both of them loved one another simultaneously – she loved to be a part of them, a participant in their love for each other and for their love towards her, but now she felt that she lost something very important (really crucial) – their family togetherness, her family’s internal unity, little community (which for her was modeling the social life as a community of human love). But now she felt, as if, alone in the society, lost there as a traveler inside it following her own tough route.