Director: Katell Quillévéré
Cast: Sara Forestier, François Damiens, Adèle Haenal, Paul Hamy
Country: France, 2013
Duration: 94 minutes
Rating: M – adult themes
Widely considered one of France’s most exciting new directors, Katell Quillévéré confirms the promise of her award-winning début Love Like Poison with Suzanne, a powerful drama that explores the impact of one woman’s unquenchable thirst for life on those around her.
The film introduces the strong-willed Suzanne – played by the enthralling Sara Forestier – during her childhood, growing up in a loving, working-class home in the south of France with her elder sister Maria (Adèle Haenal) and their widowed father Nicolas (François Damiens, Delicacy).
Barely into her teenage years, Suzanne falls pregnant and declares that she will keep the baby, a choice which is just the first in a series of bombshells that this impulsive and mercurial woman will drop on her family. By early adulthood Suzanne appears to be back on the straight and narrow, but continues to choose love above all else, and when she meets a small-time hood (Paul Hamy) her most reckless act of all follows, one with irrevocable consequences for her entire family.
Suzanne richly captures a poetry and fierce intelligence in everyday details as it hurtles the viewer through crucial moments in the characters’ lives. Constantly surprising, Suzanne reminds us that life rarely follows a straight or predictable path.