When Rendez-Vous regular Christophe Honoré (Love Songs, On a Magical Night) began work on a stage adaptation of Proust in spring 2020, the COVID pandemic quickly shut it down. Rehearsals resumed that summer, but when performances were once again canceled until fall, Honoré decided to adapt by continuing to rehearse for the pure, communal joy of the theatrical experience—even if there would be no in-person audience to witness the performances that resulted. That’s the part-real, part-fictional premise of Honoré’s latest film, which—for the first time—places the writer-director front and center as a character in his own work. Despite the obstacles around them, Honoré and his theatrical community forge ahead, finding love, inspiration, and a healthy helping of casually nude conversations along the way.
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