Sunday, March 6, 2022
Q&A with Charline Bourgeois-Tacquet on March 6
Behind on her rent, contemplating breaking up with her boyfriend, and struggling to complete her thesis, thirtysomething Anaïs (Anaïs Demoustier) is in a manic search for stability. An affair with middle-aged publisher Daniel (Denis Podalydès, also in this year’s Rendez-Vous selection Deception) seems like a dead end until Anaïs discovers the literary work of his formidable partner Emilie (Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi). Writer-director Charline Bourgeois-Tacquet’s effervescent feature debut (which premiered in the Critics’ Week section at last year’s Cannes) draws in part upon her background in publishing to ground a tale of self-discovery as literate and delightful as it is unexpected, keeping both Anaïs and viewers off-balance until the very final, cliché-shattering final shot. A Magnolia Pictures release.