Summer 76’, there’s a heatwave and the Swiss countryside is drying out at top speed. In this stifling environment, Gus who is thirteen years old and son of a farmer, sees both his family environment and his innocence relentlessly breaking. He’s living the end of a world. Second feature film by its director.
Thirteen-year-old Gus is a witness to two great upheavals: on the one hand, the socio-political-economic change of the 70s and 80s, when the rural world in Europe is upset by the hyper-competitive dynamics of international markets and the transition to intensive farming. On the other hand, the personal revolution of Nicole, Gus’ mother, who discovers a new dimension to herself and faces a family crisis. These two conflicts merge in Beyond the Horizon: more than a background, history enters people’s daily lives, while individual choices — even sexual ones — seem to echo epochal changes.
Laetitia Casta, Luc Bruchez, Clémence Poésy, Thibaut Evrard, Fred Hotier, Patrick Descamps, Michaël Bier