Facing her soon-to-empty-nest with bittersweet apprehension, Heloise tries to capture every last moment on camera, with her trusty iPhone never too far from her side.
In that sense, the film, which is screening on Friday, January 18 as part of UniFrance’s Rendez Vous with French Cinema ahead of its domestic release on March 13, wrangles an appealing mix of text and subtext. Actress Alessandrin is Azuelos’ own daughter, and the director happily asserts that she made the film to work through her own feelings when confronted with a similar situation. Variety chatted to Azuelos in the run-up to the Rendez-Vous.
“Sweetheart” is something of a companion piece to your 2008 film “Lol (Laughing Out Loud),” which was also about a mother-daughter relationship and explored the effects of new media.