Virtuoso animation filmmaker Georges Schwizgebel plays with notions of perception and representation to change the balance of shapes, orchestrating amazing metamorphoses in the process. A visual whirl subsiding into the rhythm of a sleeper soundly breathing, Retouches unfolds its series of delicate visions based on a logic as implacable as it is ungraspable.
This short black-and-white film shows eerie scenes of a downtown without people. The effect is disturbing. The camera shoots familiar urban scenes, without a soul in sight: streets empty, buildings empty, yet everywhere there is evidence of recent life and activity. At the end of the film we learn what has happened.