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Jeanne is a young woman, striking but otherwise without qualities. Her mother tries to get her a job in the office of a lawyer, Bleistein, her lover years ago. Jeanne fails the interview but falls into a relationship with Franck, a wrestler whose dreams and claims of being in a legitimate business partnership Jeanne is only too happy to believe. When Franck is arrested, he turns on Jeanne for her naivety; she's stung and seeks attention by making up a story of an attack on a train. Is there any way out for her? In a subplot, Bleistein's grandson, Nathan, prepares for his bar mitzvah and, through an encounter with Jeanne, experiences intimations of manhood. Written by
French screenwriter and director André Téchiné's eighteenth feature film which he co-wrote with French author and screenwriter Odile Barski and French playwright and translator Jean-Marie Besset, is an adaptation of a play from 2007 by Jean-Marie Besset and inspired by real events which took place in France in the early 2000s. It premiered in France, was screened in the French Revolutions section at the 53rd BFI London Film Festival in 2009, was shot on locations in France and is a French production which was produced by producer Saïd Ben Saïd. It tells the story about a woman named Jeanne who lives in Paris, France with her mother named Louise and whom is thinking about travelling to Italy whilst her mother is making other plans for her.
Distinctly and precisely directed by French filmmaker André Téchiné, this finely paced and somewhat fictional tale which is narrated from multiple viewpoints though mostly from the main character's point of view, draws a multifaceted portrayal of a French daughter in her twenties whom whilst out looking for a suitcase meets a man named Franck, and a son named Nathan whom is caught somewhere between his divorced parents. While notable for its naturalistic and atmospheric milieu depictions, reverent cinematography by French cinematographer Julien Hirsch, production design by production designer Michèle Abbé- Vannier, costume design by costume designer Khadya Zeggaï and use of sound, colors and light, this character-driven and narrative-driven story about lies, misunderstandings and the occasions leading up to a woman's response to learning about the Holocaust, depicts an investigative study of character and contains a great and timely score by composer Philippe Sarde.
This reconstructive, quick-witted, consequential and psychological drama from the late 2000s which is set in the capital city of France in the 21st century and where a wrestler falls in love, a separated couple is in constant negotiations regarding their time with their son, the media is reporting anti-Semitic acts and a mother one day recognizes a Jewish attorney named Samuel Bleistein whom she once knew, is impelled and reinforced by its cogent narrative structure, substantial character development, rhythmic continuity, interrelated stories, densely romantic undertones, distinct style of filmmaking and the significant acting performances by Belgian actress Émilie Dequenne, French actors Nicolas Duvauchelle, Michel Blanc and Mathieu Demy, French actress Catherine Deneauve and Israeli actress Ronit Elkabetz. An engagingly conversational, profoundly cinematographic and tangible narrative feature.
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