60 years gone in 60 seconds

60 seconds. That is all it took a landlord to announce to Cécile and Marcel, who’d lived in their house in the South of France for 60 years, that they were being expelled. 60 years gone in 60 seconds tells the story of a man passionate about bicycles, of a World War that impacted walls and people, of an old lady worried about her future. But ultimately, it tells the story of a lifelong habits, lifelong friendship and above all, lifelong love. Time flies but love remains.

60 secondes, c’est le temps qu’il a fallu au propriétaire pour annoncer à Cécile et Marcel qu’ils allaient être expulsés de leur maison. 60 ans, c’est le temps pendant lequel ils y ont vécu. 60 years gone in 60 seconds raconte aussi l’histoire d’un homme passioné de cyclisme, d’une guerre qui a laissé des blessures sur les gens et sur les murs, d’une vielle dame inquiète pour son avenir. Mais surtout, ça raconte l’histoire d’habitudes, d’amitié et d’un amour de toute une vie. 60 years gone in 60 seconds c’est l’histoire du temps qui passe mais de l’amour qui reste. 

Timeflies

Trace of bullet

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Cécile, 85, is really «coquette», and love to spend time in her bathroom every morning. Here she is arranging her hair. South of France, Lauris, April 2013

Passionate about bicycle, Marcel, 86, does what he loves most after watching bicycle's course: reading bicycle magazine. South of France, Lauris, April 2013.

View from the living room. The landlord cut out Cécile and Marcel's balcony in 2009 because he built a swimming pool next door, where he spends his summer, and did not want to be disturb by the neighborhood. South of France, Lauris, April 2013.

Balcony

Bicycle apartment in Marcel's bedroom. Until he was 80, Marcel used to ride his bycicle outside but hurt his knees during a ride. South of France, Lauris, April 2013.Friendship

Friends

Cecile proudly showing her diploma of "packer qualified", date 1951. South of France, Lauris, April 2013.

Marcel holding a picture of his wife, taken when they first met. "A love at first sight" he said. South of France, Lauris, April 2013.

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Although she received an evition notice, Cécile cannot imagine moving to a new place. They have roughly 6 months to vacate their homes. South of France, Lauris, April 2013.

Marcel cannot handle this drama. The landlord lack of humanism is appalling. Marcel's family decided to bring him to justice, according to the advocate, Marcel and Cecile have been treated unfairly and disrespectfully. South of France, Lauris, April 2013.

Every year Cecile buys calendars, as a way to control the time running out and organize their weekly doctors and hairdressers appointment. South of France, Lauris, April 2013.

Supporting each other for the past 60 years, Marcel and Cecile look at their old pictures, holding each other hand "for better, for worse for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, until death do them part". South of France, Lauris, April 2013.

 À Cécile & Marcel, mes grands-parents adorés.

© Tiffany Roubert