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Burning Ghost / Vif-argent

Year - 2019
Studio - Zadig Films, M141, Centre National du Cinéma et de l'Image Animée
Stars - Thimotée Robart, Judith Chemla, Saadia Bentaïeb
Director - Stéphane Batut
Writing Credits - Stéphane Batut, Christine Dory
Music - Gaspar Claus, Benoît de Villeneuve


Juste (Thimotée Robart) discovers that he seems to be invisible to everyone else, except to Kramarz (Saadia Bentaïeb) who tells him that, although he is dead, he has a mission before he can enter the afterlife. He must assist other recently deceased people to move on, by examining their memories. As they describe an important memory, he enters that environment with them, where Kramarz escorts them to the afterlife.

He is surprised when a lover from ten years previous, Agathe (Judith Chemla), is able to see him; she has aged but he has not. He is now using a different name, and denies being the person she remembers. Nevertheless, they eventually make love. The following morning, he has become invisible to her. In despair, he tries to end his earthly existence by drowning himself, but he is rescued by Kramarz's team.

Juste goes looking for Agathe, but now she and all other living people are now invisible to him, and he realizes that he has finally crossed over. As he contemplates that fact, Agathe appears to him and explains that she is dreaming, and that they may now be together in their dreams.

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The French title, Vif-argent. translates to "Quicksilver", which makes slightly more sense than Burning Ghost.