A film by Samuel Benchetrit
Cast: Isabelle Huppert, Gustave Kervern, Valeria Bruni Tedeschi, Michael Pitt
English title: Macadam stories
Benchetrit here has done a series of story from six different persons living in a cité (Ghetto like) in France. He did it in an eccentric way with some corky characters popping form left to right. He had little budget to do this film and sometime it is good because he is going to have to be creative as hell and it works here.
Sternkowitz (Gustave Kervern) who is in a wheelchair poses as a photographer to impress the woman he has fallen for, the American astronaut (Michael Pitt) who is forced to hide out in the apartment of Madame Hamida, an Algerian immigrant, while NASA tries to cover up his failed space mission, an actress from the 80’s (Isabelle Huppert) who is trying to get back to acting with the help of a young man her neighbor. It feels a little bit like a comedy a la Jacques Tati.
Asphalte follows the adventures of six characters over the course of a couple of days. It is full of humor; corky, and fun to watch. You will get a man who fall for a nurse ( (Valeria Bruni Tedeschi) and tells her stories. Sometimes people are lonely and seek companionship in places you will not except. An astronaut (Michael Pitt) who land in the city try to communicate with an Algerian immigrant who want to cook him some couscous. And then a washed up actress moves in who meets Charly (Benchetrit the son of the director) who try to give her back her confidence. All those characters has one thing in common the fell and got back up with the help of someone. The cinematography is grey here not much of a colorful film. Every actors here shines even Michael Pitt. a film who got noticed at the Sundance Film Festival.