Words to my Love

"Words to my Love" is a freeform adaptation of the poem "Paroles à l'Amie", by Renée Vivien, an openly lesbian poet. 
In 1906, while it is still considered that female homosexuality is a mental illness, that female desire must be repressed, and that only men are capable of intelligence and creation, she dares to shake up the dominant right-thinking, patiently distilled by religion over time. She dares to confront the judgment-heavy stares. She dares to confront the condamnations of those who judge her to be abnormal simply because she madly loves another woman. 

Drama Romance . 2022 . 5 mn

1906, two young women, who are socially opposed, fall deeply in love with each other.

With Emma Heidsieck, Lisa Louis Fratani,
Karim Lasmi, Édouard Lamoitier, Pierre Saran,
Stéphane Monpetit, Isabelle Langlois, Hester Wilcox

Director Paul Ménagé

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This film was winner of the stage 32 short film contest, screened in London at the Raindance Film Festival and at Holly Shorts Film Festival in Los Angeles at Hollywood, awarded in Dubai for Best Human rights film, Best Cinematography, Best Composer, Best original Score ; and to Houston for Best Human rights film.


"Words to my Love" is a freeform adaptation of the poem "Paroles à l'Amie", by Renée Vivien, an openly lesbian poet. 
In 1906, while it is still considered that female homosexuality is a mental illness, that female desire must be repressed, and that only men are capable of intelligence and creation, she dares to shake up the dominant right-thinking, patiently distilled by religion over time. She dares to confront the judgment-heavy stares. She dares to confront the condamnations of those who judge her to be abnormal simply because she madly loves another woman. 

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Paul Ménagé (producer and film director)
– Interview for the Kodak Magazine

« My name is Paul MÉNAGÉ, I am 25 years old. I am born with a visuospatial dyspraxia, a hidden handicap. Which makes me, someone different. And it is this theme of difference, with all the stigmatisations and suffering it it brings, that I wanted to approach in my film “Paroles à l’Amie”, freely adapted from Renée Vivian’s poem, written in 1906.

In the 19th century’s society, female homosexuality is a mental illness, the feminin desire must be repressed, and only men are capable of intelligence and creation. There, Renée Vivien, an openly gay poet, dares to jostle the dominent common way of thinking : patiently distilled by religion through time. She dares to confront the judgment-heavy stares. She dares to confront the condamnations of those who judge her to be abnormal simply because she madly loves another woman. In short, she dares taking upon herself her difference. ».

Raphaël Bourdin (Director of Photography)
– Interview for the Kodak Magazine

« Paul Ménagé contacted me to do his film’s photography. He wanted to shoot in 35 mm for a better immersion in late 19th century. I used the ARRICAM ST 4 perf camera paired with some Panavision Speed Flares lenses and chose Kodak Vision 3 5219 for its versatility and grain texture. This combination of lens and film gave me the softness and texture we were looking for. We opted for the 1.33 format which reinforces the feeling of confinement. I liked working with Paul. He is a director who tries to offer his viewers a cinematographic work that suggests through images without ever being explanatory or didactic. ».