A young woman's present (as a self-destructive dancer) and past (as a victim of sexual abuse) interact in this film based on writer/director Andrea Bescond's autobiographical solo stage show.
"A testament to her fine performance and fierce vision that you don't forget that for a second."—The Hollywood Reporter
Odette (co-director Andrea Bescond) is a French dancer in her 30s, struggling to find the right outlet for artistic expression—in her case, repressed pain and guilt from a childhood of sexual abuse. In flashbacks, we see a preteen, dance-obsessed Odette (Cyrille Mairesse) and her seemingly innocent interactions with Gilbert (Pierre Deladonchamps), a charming middle-aged friend of her parents, who trust him enough to take Odette on a weekend holiday with his own family. On this trip, Gilbert lures Odette, alone, into a bathroom and asks if he can dress her up "like a doll." Much like real memories, the timeline and facts of Odette's subsequent ordeal are maddeningly muddled with the fantasies of a confused young girl. While the abuse is portrayed obliquely, the resulting trauma is blunt and devastating, in the form of numbing drugs, alcohol, and casual affairs that thwart any of Odette's adult attempts at relationships. Based on Bescond's autobiographical one-woman show, this debut feature contains details of her own experience as a pedophilia victim. Despite the subject, the film includes brief episodes of humor—made all the more sinister because the comedy is just a mask for her suffering. Little Tickles is a deeply personal study of the many ways unseen trauma can manifest itself years later before healing can begin.
Andréa Bescond is an actress, writer, and director from Ploemeur, Morbihan, France. Self-described as a dancer at the core, Bescond has been dancing since she knew how to walk. She attended the National Conservatory of Music and Dance in Paris, and since then she has danced in many musicals, including "Romeo and Juliet" and "The Adventures of Rabbi Jacob," where she would meet future husband and creative partner Eric Métayer. Bescond continues to explore various styles of dance from classical to modern jazz, hip-hop, and krump.
Eric Métayer is an actor, writer, and director from Paris. Métayer studied art history and visual arts before beginning a career in theater, with a particular interest in improvisation. Through the years Métayer would play numerous roles in films, television series, and theater productions. In 2008 he won the lead role for "The Adventures of Rabbi Jacob," through which he would meet his future wife Andréa Bescond. Together the two wrote and directed Little Tickles, a film adaptation of Bescond's play "Tickling or the Dance of Anger."
Sponsored by Alliance Française de Seattle
- Original Language Title: Les chatouilles
- Director: Andrea Bescond, Eric Métayer
- Principal Cast: Andrea Bescond, Karin Viard, Pierre Deladonchamps, Clovis Cornillac, Frank Carole, Cyrille Mairesse
- Country: France
- Year: 2018
- Running Time: 103 minutes
- Producer: Francois Kraus, Denis Pineau-Valencienne
- Screenplay: Andrea Bescond, Eric Metayer
- Cinematographers: Pierre Aim
- Editors: Valerie Deseine
- Music: Clement Ducol
- Awards: Chicago International Film Festival 2018 (Roger Ebert Award) 44th Cesar Awards (Best Adapted Screenplay, Supporting Actress)
- Filmography: Debut Feature Film
- Language: French
- Has Subtitles: Yes
- Format: DCP
- International Sales: Orange Studio