Clément, a cynical and joyfully melancholy film extra, is madly in love with Mona, who works at a sandwich stand in the Gare du Nord in Paris. But Mona has a secret, which makes her vague and evanescent. When Clément despairs of ever winning her over, his only and best friend, Abel, comes to his rescue. Together, they set out on an adventure of romantic conquest. But the number three is one too many for two.
Louis Garrel co-wrote his feature directing debut with auteur Christophe Honoré, setting it between burlesque and lyricism, comedy and drama, the film is cleverly and sensitively directed. Filmed on 35mm which highlights an intense colour palette, the film features provocative performances from its young cast. A man of many talents, Garrel (also in From the Land of the Moon and Planetarium) is known for tackling challenging roles as an actor, and now branches with ease into directing. Garrel is the son of renowned director Philippe Garrel, whose In the Shadow of Women is also featured in this year’s Festival, giving us the delight of enjoying the distinct yet mesmerising styles of two generations of Garrels.
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