In the 20th century, this area was pulled down and rebuilt piecemeal around the motorway that now runs through it. But this one small bit of tenement still stands. Out of the once surrounding thousands of tenements that met the wrecking ball, why did this corner survive? Its sandstone almost glows, and why is its face not pale great from fumes?
Luc Besson and Bertrand Tavernier both set films in this city, and it’s easy to see why both of those films (Danny The Dog, La mort en direct) used this area of the city in particular. You are breathing the past and the future, walking through a space where the present is pulled into the ether by both, strongly. A liminal zone, a psychogeographer’s church.