Two worlds are involved. The internal world, closed, virtually isolated, with just one tenuous, uncertain link with the other world, the telephone. The other, external world exists only to pass from one sealed-off place to another. Call each other? You lose your voice before you get an answer : your head spins with non-existent voices. Telephone and answering machines are scheming devices. Just waiting in vain.
"Donigan Cumming looks at the violence of time that damages the body and exhausts memories. For the main character in Voice: Off, Gerald, the illness is incurable. Two cancers are at work, one of which is attacking his throat. The first images is irrefutable ones of a naked man who has reached old age and whose voice is failing. The capturing in real time of death at work is one of the terms of this dense and complex film. But Cumming alson likes to go back in time in search of a state of innocence. In his studio he spreadsout the photographs of Gerald's life. A new-born child, a little boy cherished by his mother, at boarding school, a charming teenager and a worried adult, these stateconfer on himdifferent postures, different expressions, and reveal to the eyes of the filmmaker an unsuspected anguish." - Jean Perret, Visions du réel, 2002 (Translation: Paul Belle)