Life is a very strange thing (78 mins) follows Frédéric as he adjusts to a France reeling from terrorist attacks and a powerful resurgence of nationalist politics.
Frédéric has been many things: a young rebel in Paris, ethnomusicologist, executive of a multinational garbage business. After decades living abroad he returns to a France that is familiar but on edge.
Previously unseen archive from Papua New Guinea and Cambodia mix with contemporary observation to create a compelling and personal reflection on past events that shape the present.
We discover Frédéric's grandfather, a colonial governor in Cambodia; his composer father Charles Duvelle, whose recordings of traditional music helped found the World Music movement; and Frédéric's niece Elvire - an activist with FEMEN whose protests attract global headlines.
Frédéric is a wily raconteur and collector and as we follow his encounters with local characters in the streets of Paris and Bordeaux, a rich mosaic of life emerges.
The film is an intriguing, funny and cinematic portrait by an outsider with questions of what it is to be French in the 21st century.