This project mainly draws it’s inspiration from Roland Barthes’ A lovers Discourse. It is based on the idea of solitary language; how the language of the other always stays elusive and how the lover creates his own language from assumptions on how to translate this other. In Ritournelle we see how dominant this language is.
The main concerns are self-violence and anxiety as a state where the ever-adhesive image renders staying in the present impossible. It is not about what is happening in the image, rather how the image represents itself to the lover. The film emulates the feeling of imprisonment, not only the physical imprisonment the lover has to endure, while waiting for the phone to ring, but also the body as a place where emotions, images, memories are held captive without a possible release.
As oppose to the original book, both book and film works as a linear narrative, starting with the encounter, falling in love, evolving into doubt, violence and anxiety. The title suggests that it can be viewed from any given time, as the cycle is ever reoccurring; if not with this other, than yet another other.