Stab Magazine | French Caribbean Spice, With Some European Flair

French Caribbean Spice, With Some European Flair

A fairly lengthly look at the life of Guadalupe’s Tito Lavole.

cinema // Feb 13, 2018
Words by stab
Reading Time: 2 minutes

While this 12-minute short from Wasted Talent might be a stretch for shorter attention spans, “Paarkesine” offers a look into the life of Tito Lavole, a young goofyfoot from the French Caribbean island of Guadalupe. 

“Tito and I both grew up surfing together in Caribbean,” says filmmaker Yentl Touboul. “At the time, Tito was surfing a fluo pink & yellow 5’4’’ and I was holding a MiniDV camera.

Things have changed a little bit since then: Tito is surfing a slightly bigger board and I’m holding a slightly better camera… but apart from that, things today are pretty much the same, so starting to film there in the Caribbean made complete sense for us, which we did for 2 weeks.

The second part of the movie was shot a few months later…we knew this video wouldn’t feel complete without the surreal chaos of the plastic land we adore so much: Indonesia.

A booked flight and we were back together, driving our Japanese van and enduring multiple rusted ferries to get as far from Bali as we could… And that was that.”

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“We knew this video had to feature the surreal chaos of the plastic land we adore: Indonesia,” says Yentl Touboul, of working with Tito Lavole, pictured here, on his new film.
“A booked flight and we were back together. Eating chocolate bars wrapped in plastic, and drinking lemon water out of plastic bottles. Driving through the plastic covered streets and humming through burnt plastic fumes in the air.”


Yentl Touboul/Wasted Talent


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