Sartre, Years of Passion - France /Italy/Belgium
Sartre, Years of Passion (L'Age des passions, 2006)
Director: Claude Goretta
This excellent piece of fiction follows Sartre from his commitment in 1958 until his refusal of the Nobel Prize in 1964. The script is worthy of this vibrant homage.
From boulevard Saint Germain to the Sorbonne, from Rome to Venice, together with Havana, this miniseries throws us back in the mind-blowing 1960's. A review of an unusual man's passion for philosophy, theatre, literature, and politics: Jean Paul Sartre.
The Parisian intellectual marked his time with revolutionary opinions. Hiding behind the ink of this lively man, these days period also symbolizes the times when young students militate and undertake to defend a just cause; the times of an imminent Algerian war and omnipresent censorship. It was a fantastic period, where expectations, social fights and illusions prevailed; a time which harboured the scandalous, passionate love between Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir. The latter formed an indestructible couple, unified by their unprecedented minds. After all, the 60's were a time when everything was mere passion.