How does history affect us? After completing her PHD thesis on The Unknown Soldier, Adèle returns to her rural hometown to look after her grandfather. Like a modern-day Antigone, her grandfather is a rebellious writer who has secretly kept the remains of a soldier from World War I buried at the bottom of their garden.
Swiss-Italian filmmaker, Sarah Arnold, graduated from Toulouse Ecole Superieure in filmmaking. She experimented with cinematographic forms in several self-produced shorts, then, in 2010 directed her first produced short "The Quartet" (Leçon de Ténèbres) that received many awards, including the Turin Film Festival Grand Prize. "Totems" is her second film.