Antoine and Quentin leave home in France (via an unusual, and unreal, animated sequence) to head to the funeral of their estranged mother in Spain. Tension is rife between the siblings, and this comes to a head after Antoine spots Quentin in the arms of another man. The film has sparse dialogue, but uses beautiful forest and beautiful bodies to full effect. I met/partied with the director and stars.
More after the jump... Give Me Your Hand starring twins Alexandre and Victor Carill and directed by Pascal-Alex Vincent is a typical road movie in the sense that it involves a journey, both literally and metaphorically, but with the exception that in this case the road to oneself is also to your twin brother.
Antoine and Quentin leave home in France (via an unusual, and unreal, animated sequence) to head to the funeral of their estranged mother in Spain. Tension is rife between the siblings, and this comes to a head after Antoine spots Quentin in the arms of another man. The film has sparse dialogue, but uses beautiful forest and beautiful bodies to full effect. I met/partied with the director and stars:
Pascal Give Me Your Hand is based on the real life of Alex and Victor, I know them from my neighbourhood in Paris, they are very famous for fighting all the time on the streets from where I live.
Aside from the fact that they are very good looking, it was obvious to me that they have a story of their own. You can be very close to your family, but very different also. I approached them and said "Would you like to be in my movie" and they said yes. I interviewed them separately and wrote the script from their experiences.
I was not surprised that gay events requested my film, but it was meant for a wider audience. They are good looking, naked all the time in my film and there is a gay theme.
The gay audience is generally warmer. They spend an hour and half with naked gorgeous 18 year old twins. I wouldn't say they're easier, but you can feel after the screening that maybe a gay audience enjoy the film more than a straight audience.
Victor Carill: For me the film is about abstract themes – the relationship between brothers in general. It's also about a voyage of initiation, they discover a lot of things about life and each other.
Alexandre Carill: I think the film is mostly about duality and ambivalence. Through this duality that everyone has and knows within themselves, the two of us were able to understand something about this constant search for balance. The love of yourself, and rejection of yourself is symbolised through us, and we show how through conflict you can learn to know yourself better. Pascal wanted to do a road movie, he wanted to talk about sibling relationships, and he knew us so he wanted to take inspiration from our relationship and our story, then mix it with his own experiences to tell the story.
VC: Even though the film is very influenced by us, it is fiction, not a documentary. For me it goes beyond a story of twins on a trip, it talks about universal themes.
AC: The research of your sexuality.
VC: Finding your own identity is something everyone can relate to .
AC: (When it came to casting) Pascal led us to believe that he hesitated a lot, but I think he was inspired by our own character traits which he then exaggerated, like projecting onto Quentin's character, discovering his homosexuality.
VC: We knew Pascal well before the film, we did Baby Shark with him two years previously, and he interviewed each of us separately, so he knew well which one each of us would be.
AC: Six months later he knew us better than we knew ourselves.
I knew that they had been fighting all day about which one of them was taller (I know, they're identical), so I asked about the particularly brutal fight at the climax of the film.
AC: We didn't get hurt during that fight because we're used to fighting. What surprised us was that the audience were shocked at how violent it was. But we were told by Pascal this isn't fighting, it's a joke.
VC: Our relationship as twins is very characterised by this, we're constantly seeking a balance through constant battle.
The twins stayed around after their screening, enthusiastic about their film, and London, even though they'd already been touring the festival circuit for a year. They ended up going to Dalston Supermarket, so God only knows what happened to the poor chaps there! Oh and they changed clothes half way through the night much to everyone's dismay!