Thierry, portrait of an absent
A documentary directed by François Christophe.
- Duration: 52 min
- Director: François Christophe
- Release date: 1993
- Co-production: Arte INA La Sept Les Films du Village
- Languages: English français
- Participation: CNC Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication Procirep
- Broadcast format: Digital Betacam
- Distribution: Zaradoc
Thierry, one of the homeless people in Paris, died of an overdose in December 1991, in indifference and anonymity. Little hoodlum first, he was hanging out on the streets and going to school only half the time. Backpacker, as a teenager, he travelled all over France, and soon became a “dropout”, led by drugs and jail many times. However, this uncommon character was the subject of two films: the first in 1972 when he was 15 and the second one in 1990, a year and a half before his death. This film is a portrait of an absent, through the testimonies of people who knew him or crossed his road, and which mixes images of remembrance: Thierry at 15, Thierry at 30… Through his intimate approach, the story of this tragic fate highlights the will, the strength and the wild freedom that drove a man in social breakdown.