R… Ne Répond Plus
Belgium, 1981, 52'
A film of transition from cinema as a possible way to transform testimony into memory to a means of questioning the present. The political word, its meaning between past and present, still lie at the centre: in the early eighties, the Dardennes listen to and follow the free radio stations phenomenon. They thus decided to make a documentary on the different broadcasting stations of Italy, France, Switzerland, and Belgium. Among the Italian ones we find Radio Popolare and Radio 105. Different planes are analysed: the radio managers, the audience of listeners, and an outsider opinion to put what is happening in perspective (in the same manner as Godardian political cinema). The outcome is not the most reassuring: within the cacophony of languages and voices, more than utopia the filmmakers detect the problematic nature of speech that actually detaches from official information. In the ending, noise wins over speech. “R” who is no longer answering is “reality” that has gone missing from the ground where a political, ethic, and social dialogue could have taken place.