Synopsis: Odile lives alone. Afraid that someone might enter her flat when she’s not at home, she enters a video surveillance on-line community, in the hope that users will keep an eye on her apartment and inform her in case of unexpected intrusion.
And the intrusion happens: dark smudges appear on the walls.
Furious, she decides to leave the community. While she tries to fight against infiltrations, she realizes that she is still on watch…
From the Director’s Statement:
Without being exactly an adaptation, this story has been strongly influenced by the short story “Der Bau”, by Franz Kafka.
In the Kafka’s story, the narrator introduces the reader inside his labyrinthine burrow, explains how it has been conceived and realized, and gives a voice to his irrational fear that someone, or something, could discover the burrow and attack him. The reader is therefore taken as witness, as well as considered a potential threat for the character.
After re-reading this short story, this paradoxical paranoia appeared to me as an excellent image for our contemporary fear of being spied on, especially on the Internet, while we share all of our private life and moments on social networks. This mixture of obsessive exhibition and irrational fear of being watched is the core of The Burrow.
The Burrow (France)
The Burrow (France) will be screened at No Gloss Film Festival 2016.