Crossing Europe – Filmfestival Linz 2010, Audience Award; Durres International Film Festival 2010, Gladiator Award for Best Director

Paul lives in the Swiss mountains near the timberline. He loves his wife even less than his animals. Rosine has to work for him, always in danger of being raped as if she was his animal property. When he employs a new Spanish seasonal worker things start to change. A new wind blows over the farm, yet Paul experiences the feeling of jealousy for the first time. He beats up his wife almost to death. An emergency helicopter brings her to the hospital down in the valley.
It’s only now that Paul realizes that he misses his wife, that he might actually love her and that he cannot continue living with an “animal heart”. He has to fight for her eventually. But will she ever forgive him for 15 years of humiliation?

She graduated at Vevey School of Photography and at New York Film Academy. From 1996 to 2005 she realized five short films and worked also as an editor. Coeur animal is her first feature film.
She is currently working on her new film, Cyanure, while developing the script of Le sexe des anges.

Firstly, the film concerns the exploration of tensions, the risk of jeopardizing other people, and the revelation of how great is the love that Paul and his wife have for each other. A love that could not express itself, that was twisted and denied because of several years of abuse. Secondly, the film aims to encourage the audience to share Paul’s point of view and to participate in his sufferings. This was a great challenge, as Paul is not a heroic character. On the contrary, at the beginning we perceive him as a vile, mean and loathsome antihero, as if he were a character of the films of the 1970s. His inner fight between what has to be and what might be is what makes him more and more sympathetic to the audience. (Séverine Cornamusaz)

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