Montparnasse Bienvenue

(Jeune femme)
France 2017. Dir: Léonor Serraille. 97 min. DCP

“Tagged as the French Frances Ha ... A perfectly-formed, free-wheeling, surprise-laden killer-scripted-shot-and-acted debut.”
ISABEL STEVENS, SIGHT & SOUND

Caméra d’Or (Best First Feature), Cannes 2017

VANCOUVER PREMIERE! Léonor Serraille’s debut feature isn’t the first French film to follow a young woman lost in the city, flirting with madness after the end of a relationship. But it may well be the most surprising and most honest, snapping in and out of a keenly-observed comedic tone to reveal a more unvarnished portrait of a person in genuine distress. This non-conformist gem begins with thirtysomething Paula arriving back in Paris after ten years, dumped by her famous photographer boyfriend, and totally adrift. She’s also completely impulsive, with a chameleon-like ability to adapt as circumstances require. Through a series of random encounters and haphazard situations, a picture takes shape of a generation faced with an unprecedentedly precarious future. And yet one feels uplifted, in no small part due to Laetitia Dosch’s brave, deliciously unhinged performance as Paula.


COARSE LANGUAGE; NUDITY; VIOLENCE
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REVIEWS

“A memorable experience ... This first film by Léonor Serraille is full of snap and surprises ... A fearless, powerhouse performance by Laetitia Dosch infuses every frame.”

Screen Daily | full review

“Well-observed, incredibly rich ... It features young women in nearly every creative role and a blazing-wildfire performance by Laetitia Dosch.”

Variety | full review

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This film also screens as part of April’s Young French Cinema program on Thursday, April 5 & Friday, April 6.