I have been at Zoe's place - La Moulin de Conque again.
This time working on a student film...
They buy a herbal remedy from the Internet which gives Clare strong dreams... through the dreams and the support of her friend, Claire finds an inner strength and although not cured,she discovers a positive way to go forward and on with her life.
This all is the more poignant as the marvellous actress Vivienne Chandler,- who plays Claire is going through chemotherapy at the moment.
-She climbed rocks, waded through rivers, balanced under waterfalls, was buffeted by wind on the mountaintops, and waited about for hours in the cold and damp, - as is the way with filming,-remaining calm and looking beautiful
Vivienne and I stayed at a gite in the little nearby village of Mount Joi and chatted in the evening.
We got to know each other well and laughed, and cried, and laughed again.
The other member of our team was Zoe's pall John - a sculptor who lives there in the south of France. He made the scarecrow which appears in the film, filmed the"making of" took stills...and helped with the cooking, carried Vivienne's raincoat, carried the folding chair through briers and over stones, mended the tap, and was generally indispensable- vital!!!
We had a fabulous feast prepared by Lou's parents at their home, the day we went to the dunes and the sea.
On and off various people came and went,- some welcome some not so welcome...-all in all a Marvelous experience.