Serge Pilardosse vient d’avoir 60 ans. Il travaille depuis l’âge de 16 ans, jamais au chômage, jamais malade. Mais l’heure de la retraite a sonné, et c’est la désillusion : il lui manque des points, certains employeurs ayant oublié de le déclarer ! Poussé par Catherine, sa femme, il enfourche sa vieille moto des années 70, une ” Mammut ” qui lui vaut son surnom, et part à la recherche de ses bulletins de salaires. Durant son périple, il retrouve son passé et sa quête de documents administratifs devient bientôt accessoire…

In the Courtyard

The courtyard of a Parisian tenement building and its endearing, quirky inhabitants with their fears and desires are at the centre of this zany tragicomedy. We meet the tenants through the eyes of Antoine, the new concierge. Among them are a drug-dealing bicycle thief who fills the yard with his bikes and a tenant with an obsessive-compulsive disorder who insists on keeping everything clean and tidy. Mathilde lives with her husband on the top floor; she has just retired and is trying to re-arrange her daily routine. Antoine sees a soul mate in this rather insecure individual, for his life has also been undergoing a sea change ever since this 40-year-old musician left the stage without a word mid-concert. The courtyard has become a refuge which he only leaves for moments such as when he steals rosebushes from the park to make his retreat greener. When Mathilde notices a crack in her apartment wall one day, she’s convinced the building is going to collapse. [Synopsis courtesy of Berlinale]