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"La Maison de la Radio" gives us the pleasant experience of hanging out with people who truly love their work.
It's a film for Francophiles of the deepest dye, a grand tour of French culture and preoccupations.
Access does not guarantee insight.
As Mr. Philibert continues to pop in and out of different studios, in and out of the building, flitting from one face to the other, it feels as if he were searching for a story that never emerges.
Given only hints of personalities and the thinnest strands of stories, we're left with a hum of tinny snippets instead of anything that resembles the glorious noise of people putting on show after show after show.
La Maison de la Radio is the kind of film that divides its audience into two camps: those happy to observe and those impatient to be told a story.
In both its strengths and flaws, "La Maison de la radio" reveals a lot about the modern media.
There's a rhythm to Philibert's work, a tangible linearity - as he knows how to take every day life and illuminate it, find the subtleties, the nuances for us to appreciate and to resonate with.
Behind it all lies the sense that here is something worth preserving, a celebration of radio's unique conversational appeal, a unifying force in times of splintered televisuality.
[Documentary maker Nicolas Philibert's] admiration for Radio France's work and public-service ethos is self-evident, but this is a very hard film for a non-French audience to engage with.
Looking at La Maison de la Radio in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo crisis, what strikes you is how conventional and white French state radio seems.
Superb camerawork ably captures the energy of the diverse activities taking place within this distinctive circular building ... but it's the wonderful sound mix that best conveys the immediacy and intimacy that makes radio so unique.
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