You Only Have One Picture Left
Ever since the death of his partner M. twenty years earlier, Alain Neigel has refused to take pictures, relegating his old Mamiya camera to the closet. To the closet as well with sentimentality and attachment: Alain is a resolute bachelor and consummate womanizer, open to everything, and desirous above all of surprise. Surprised he is one day to meet a woman he feels like being with to the exclusion of all others, Clara. When they decide to spend a fall weekend in Rome, Clara begs Alain to bring his camera, so he does. In front of the Trevi Fountain on their last evening in the city, a man in a long beige coat approaches them and asks if they’d like him to take a photo of the two of them. He then remarks “you only have one picture left” and offers his business card. Alain is obsessed with this encounter and decides to stay in Rome and find out more about the mysterious stranger. He finds him at the address on the card, and learns that the man is organizing a game that will involve several other participants. All will be taken on a journey and given the chance to take their last photo. Given this ultimatum, one out of the five travelers will pursue the absurd; another will succumb to fear; another will use it up on lust; and another on vanity. Alain uses his for love and the acceptance of death, and can finally move on with life.
Laurent Graff : Laurent Graff is the author of several works of fiction, including Les Jours heureux (Happy Days, Carroll & Graf, 2004; Prix Millepages, 2002). Film rights to Happy Days have been optioned by Johnny Depp for Parliament Pictures/Warner Brothers.