Montparnasse Bienvenüe / Jeune Femme

Director: Léonor Serraille
Cast: Laetitia Dosch, Grégoire Monsaingeon, Souleymane Seye Ndiaye, Léonie Simaga, Nathalie Richard, Erika Sainte, Lilas-Rose Gilberti Poisot
Country: France
Language: French with English subtitles
Year of production: 2017
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Rating: TBC
Duration: 97 min
Festivals: BFI London Film Festival, Cannes International Film Festival (Un Certain Regard) 2017
Awards: Camera d’Or, Cannes International Film Festival 2017

“It is, in plain words, the work of an assured director to watch out for.” — Emre Caglayan, IonCinema


“Upon breaking up with her former lover, a youthful woman roams the streets of Paris with a view to securing economic stability in Montparnasse Bienvenüe (Jeune Femme), written and directed by first timer Léonor Serraille. It is a delightful debut that won the Camera d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival for its whimsically amusing and felicitous portrayal of the feminine point of view. Serraille’s production might be seen as yet another entry to the recently growing trend of urban chick flicks, but it stands out with its delicate script, mischievous humor and elusive protagonist. With Parisian neighborhoods as an expressive backdrop, the film mounts the transformation of its main character with precise, yet unpredictable turns, at the same time maintaining an aura of irresistible magnetism…
Montparnasse Bienvenüe ticks a lot more boxes than an ordinary debut. As a story of a woman’s path to independence, it displays a great deal of urgency in reminding us the absence of female voices in the film industry and serves as a testament to the originality these diverse voices bring to cinema. Moreover, it is skillfully subtle in referencing contemporary social problems – problems that not only relate to young women, but a whole panorama of struggling identities, from the cash-stricken underclass to alienated urban yuppies. It is, in plain words, the work of an assured director to watch out for.” — Emre Caglayan, IonCinema



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