Les Impatients

Alexandre Humbert investigates in his short film Les Impatients the life and emptiness experienced during the quarantine of the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris. It closed to the public on March 15, like many other institutions around the world due to the quarantine following the health emergency of covid-19, a period during which “it was interesting to look at how museums have revolutionized the methodology of communication, to give online visitors the opportunity to stay in touch with the works on display.”

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  • Type

    Short film

  • Role

    • Scriptwriter
    • Director
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  • Production

    Studio AH

  • Collaboration

    Musée des Arts Décoratifs de Paris

Three months after the closure of the museum, the viewer is led, through slow images, into the rooms where the objects become the real protagonists of the space, which can only exist “if contemplated”. The filming is accompanied by the narration of the new everyday life of Gino, Florence and Olivier, museum employees, with this common feeling of impatience, which we all experienced in our own way.

It was necessary for me to go beyond the surface of a screen, behind walls of empty cities and see how objects and people still being inside closed museums behave and not how they look from the outside.

  • With

    • Olivier Gabet
    • Gino Anoumantou
    • Florence Bertin
  • Original Music Composition

    Arnaud Pujol