La Reine bicyclette - Une histoire des Français à vélo ENG

LA REINE BICYCLETTE – A HISTORY OF FRANCE AND BIKES

Directed by Laurent Védrine

Editor in chief  Pauline Richard

 

Production’ year : 2013

A 52’ film.

 

Bikes have accompanied the French throughout modern times. First as a luxury accessory, then as a wonderful way to achieve individual and political liberation, bicycles have rolled through a century of France’s social history, until reaching a new status – that of an ecological symbol.

The bicycle is a popular myth. Powered by the many memories of French people, it embodies something both timeless and universal.

It is also a riveting object, insofar as it has always created antagonisms: between cyclists and bikers, between feminists and conservatives, between middle class and working class, between ecological degrowth adepts and contemporary speed lovers.

La Reine bicyclette is the story of our fluctuating love for bikes. It is a witty and tender look at French people on saddles, from the late 19th century to today.