Jeune Femme

Screening on 01/03/19

France 2017
Dir: Léonor Serraille
Starring: Laetitia Dosch, Grégoire Monsaingeon, Souleymane Seye Ndiaye
Cert 15
98 mins

31-year-old Paula explodes on to the screen, a bundle of energy and raw nerves, striking out in frustration, but hurting only herself. She has just been dumped by her long-term boyfriend and locked out of the apartment they had shared. After a spell under observation in hospital, she discharges herself and, homeless and jobless, wanders the streets of Paris with her ex’s remarkably tolerant cat. Her ex-boyfriend Joachim is a photographer, well known for the photos he took of Paula. Now, however, it seems that Joachim has found another muse. On her wanderings around Paris she demonstrates both her remarkable resilience and her alarming lack of fundamental life skills, resulting in moments of pathos and hilarity. Is this young woman a charming free spirit, a victim of men’s whims or a bold feminist? Whatever the answer, she certainly commands our attention.

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