France Amerique Review 1/2

"Alexandre Ginnsz has written, produced, directed and edited Duo, a film twice awarded in the United States and whose first role is held by his little brother who has Down syndrome. Expatriate for ten years in Washington, DC and New York, this young Frenchman just presented his film at the Maison Francaise. The theater was packed. His adventure is altogether an example of family solidarity, where each one gives his best to help Duo penetrate the closed world of movies. A beautiful story.

In the Ginnsz family, there is the big brother, Alexandre, 22-years-old hardly and already movie director, screenwriter, film editor, producer and composer of film scores. There is also his 13-year-old little brother with Down syndrome, Slephane, proud to be an for Alexandre. Between the two, an amzing complicity and much, much love. The father works at the World Bank, descendant of a long line of engineers and engineer himself. The artistic dimension of the boys surely comes from their mother, Irene, cordial,passionate, a long time violonist at the National Orchestre of Paris,who just got back to work (with joy). it is also to help out her son Alexandre. One could add the grand-father, now also movie producer to help... you know who. In the heart of this family, there is a movie, Duo, full of emotions, glances and notes of music.with freshness, often seeked by the best film directors. This movie points its finger at what we try to ignore.

Stephane Ginnsz plays the lead role, a student in a special education class of kids with Down syndrome, who falls in love with Joan (played by Eden Riegel), a young and beautiful violonist. Her voice is as fragile as the notes of music which vibrate on the cords of her violin. Joan has this in common with Stephane: loneliness, being different, more sensitive, in a dream. She is also lost in her own world, on the other side of the mirror. To be able to communicate, He draws a picture for her, in exchange she teaches him three notes of music. And Stephane dreams that one day he will be her accompanist. continued...