A film by Sophie Cattoire
featuring Claude Douce and Jean-Luc Piel-Desruisseaux
The film director profiles a couple of modern humans, highly successful and yet
still in search of meaning to their lives. Out of exceptional collections of prehistoric
objects, they conceive a small series of little box sets, pocket-size museums, tangible
milestones to guide us along the ever more intriguing path of the history of mankind.
Their research and findings culminate in these clear and concise “picture books”
which give each and every one of us the delightful sensation of being « tout poilu
de racines » (“covered all over in roots”): that state of bliss described by French
author, Jean Giono, in his major work, « Les vraies richesses » (“True Wealth”).
The most striking image at the end of the film (the one we shall surely take away
with us) will be the sight of five tiny little boxes containing all Man needed to
survive through millions of years. Maybe, sometime later and in different circumstances,
it will remain in our minds, as we ponder over the meaning of “true wealth” in this
world of never-ending wants.
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a film by Sophie Cattoire
with Claude Douce and Jean-Luc Piel-Desruisseaux
Photography: Sophie Cattoire - Carlos Chapman - Vincent Lesbros
Editor: Sophie Cattoire
Original soundtrack: « Long Story Short » Vincent Lesbros
Contacting spirits near and far
For some time now, tucked away in the seclusion of a 17th century château overlooking
the Vézère River, Claude Douce (the talented publicist) and Jean-Luc Piel-Desruisseaux
(surgeon by profession, paleontologist at heart and the writer of numerous reference
books on Stone Age tools) have reacquired the seriousness they had as kids at play.
In their spellbound hands, a prodigious prehistoric treasure trove is just waiting
to reveal its story. Each piece they handle conjures up images and scenes from our
unrecorded and unforeseeable far-distant past. Together, they summon up the unseen
forces and capture the presence of spirits around them. Their grand and exciting
mission: to save and digitize the oldest collections, built up 150 years ago when
the notion of Prehistory was beginning to surface in the Périgord Noir. So, sit
back and enjoy! The skillfully shaped stones are there to guide you down ancient
paths that will take you back millions of years.
Sophie Cattoire and Professor Yves Coppens at the Château de Sauvebœuf in Aubas
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Don’t be hard on Humankind
In addition to the DVD programme, in the long interview he granted us at the Château de Sauvebœuf on the banks of the River Vézère in Dordogne, Professor Coppens traces the full history of humankind right from its origins which, to date, are thought to have been in Africa 3 million years ago.
Recalling how his vocation came about and affirming his deep affection for the human race, Professor Coppens reveals his indefectible faith in humankind - with their ability to evolve on Planet Earth.
A message of consolation, especially coming from the paleontologist and paleoanthropologist who is so dearly loved in France.
Professor Yves Coppens traces the history of Mankind from its beginnings and reveals his profound faith in Man.
Educational leaflet inside
Prehistoric tools reveal intentions and gestures, thought and action. Never again will you look at them in the same way.
Jean-Luc Piel-Desruisseaux and Claude Douce examining collections built up by the very first prehistorians
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