»He could have taught me so much.« It’s the statement of the disappointed son trying to fill the void of his absent father that creates the back bone to this most classic of genres: the son-seeking-father story. Yet with »Notre Héritage« the directors Jonathan Vinel and Caroline Poggi have revisited this theme and given it a new twist through the combination of pornographic collages, computer game aesthetics and beautifully eery images of innocent suburban teenage love. To the viewer the father isn’t real; his existence is made up of a collection of erotic clips showing the pornographic director Pierre Woodman pursuing young girls. The son watches these clips from the front row of his suburban setting – an odd combination of bleak monotony and human warmth as there, in contrast to his father on screen, he is in possession of real love in the form of a devoted, angelic girl.
Text: Grashina Gabelmann