Looking for Nostalgia
An explorative travel documentary looking at our personal memories and uncovering the timelessness of nostalgia.
Written, directed and produced by Flavie Trichet Lespagnol.
In this episode, I'm the speaker.
I make you get on my plane, to tell you about my strange journey in search of Nostalgia, in Laos.
And this time, at the other end of the World, I may have gone a little too far...
This episode was filmed right after the previous one, last fall. I couldn't have hoped for a better string of events, as they resound so much with each others.
Alone, I went back in Berlin, because there are cities we have under our skin, cities that keep coming back into conversations. This was my first trip entirely devoted to Nostalgia.
In the city of the Wall, I saw again for a few hours my dear Giovanni Casu. Unknowingly, he consolidated the reflexion around Episode 7’s mantra on the nostalgic addiction, while adding other pillars such as childhood, arts and the emigrant’s nostalgia.
As for me, I keep an ecstatic memory of those few days in Berlin.
Now that you know my family, as well as my romanticism tinged with nostalgia, I can confide you a secret.
My secret, it's her. And this episode.
For those who never heard me talk about Céleste, then I will let you discover the woman who will tell you better than anyone else the paradox of the nostalgic feeling.
During this very long interview, where the wind tried to play us, she will bring you to an inevitable conclusion, that I fully agree with.
Yes, because, through its whole palette of emotions, you will not find any other episode of "Looking for Nostalgia" which will open to you that much the doors of my own nostalgia, as intimate as it is.
And if there was here a double enigma, then, you would have to resolve it yourself.
It is time for you to meet my family. Just as, it is time you learned from me, if you still didn’t know about it, that I am nostalgic of a time when romance was neither ashamed nor impossible. I'm from a different era. I'm probably from theirs.
Because long before I came to the world, these two people met to build a story that would be now almost considered as "too good to be true."
Yet, today, Love is the same as it was yesterday.
Last parenthesis on the New York Nostalgia, this episode also closes a first round of interviews I would call as introductory to the nostalgic feeling.
Skim through the nostalgia (and work) of my friend, the photographer Romain Laurent, which will deal with childhood, digital and the American imaginary.
In last episode, Sami lifted a point about our relationship to technology which reminded me of a previous interview I did last summer. Is technology a friend or a foe when we are experiencing nostalgia ?
Let's go back on that hot rooftop in New York City, where I've met the lovely Melissa.
Few years ago I've met an hilarious guy.
You couldn't suspect he was, what I would call now, "an extremist of nostalgia".
In addition to this person, take two points on the surface of the globe, and the most important distance among those two.
It might be this gap, you have experienced at time, between the present and your memories.
This is "Looking for Nostalgia" episode 3.
After Episode 1, let's backwards a moment from the contemplative Nostalgia to address its role in today's society.
In our collective psyche, we probably associate multiple cities to the past, to the "good old days".
Between you and me, Palm Springs is the perfect example.
Meet Jeri Vogelsang, Curator of Palm Springs Historical Society.
The first episode features new-yorker Clare and her day-by-day relationship to Nostalgia.