Le Chemin Perdu (The Lost Way)
Patricia Moraz's second film, which had its American premiere in Los Angeles at Filmex '80, centers around the changes wrought on a family with the death of the grandfather. His two grandchildren, left to fend for themselves against selfish parents, now must turn to one another for emotional support. The film also explores the grandfather's changing attitudes as he nears death; by way of bringing accounts up to the present, he finally lets go of those old ideals which no longer have value to him.
The most exciting woman filmmaker to come out of Switzerland, Patricia Moraz is a former journalist who wrote screenplays for several films before directing her first feature, The Indians are Still Far Away, a film about the suicide of an adolescent girl, in which “the shouts of revolt are filtered through conversations of eloquent silence” (Le Nouvel Observateur), and which “denounces, in a subtle way, the immobilism of Switzerland” (Le Point).
“The Lost Way is a complex film and a difficult film to watch; it is more plot-oriented and faster-paced than Patricia Moraz's first film, The Indians are Still Far Away (shown at Filmex '78).” --Aneliese Goldman, Filmex '80.