At the Atlantic Bar in Arles, Nathalie, the owner, is at the center of attention. Here, people sing, dance and hold on to each other. After the announcement of the sale of the Atlantic Bar, Nathalie and the regulars are faced with the end of their world and the loss of a place, at times harmful, but desperately needed.
"Atlantic bar begins in the pleasure of days that pass, resemble each other and come back. Between pastis, red balloons and coffees, Nathalie and her regulars talk to each other, sing and dance. This kind of place, the regulars' bar, scatters the landscape of French cities and paints a portrait of a part of the population that is familiar to us without knowing it. Fanny Molins captures the emotion that springs up in all its forms in the humanity of the arguments and discussions between the regulars.
By listening to them, one might think that the glory has passed, but it continues to resonate in every sound of a glass shared together, in every song, in the simple fact of sitting at a table on the terrace to smoke a cigarette in a moment of calm. Sadness and nostalgia often replace the glory when we talk about loved ones who left too soon.
Nathalie, the manager, embodies this bar that she runs with her husband Jean Jacques and her son Sandro. But their world is in danger, a testimony to the decline of the local bar that is gradually eroding at the same pace as its characters. To capture their stories, their pasts, their questionings, Fanny Molins offers a change of scenery, she isolates them from the bar to allow a sincere and intimate flow of words to appear. It is this format that reveals the tragic past, the wounds from the street, the abandonment of parents, and the destructive addictions. It also allows Nathalie to speak about her paradoxical relationship with her bar, between the desire to leave this place and the pain of leaving. Deeply political, it becomes the theater of the social injustices that the characters go through and resonate more intimately in the tired gestures and the faces marked by a life of difficulties and Dionysian excesses."
Antoine Doux - Programmateur