JOURS DE FRANCE / 4 DAYS IN FRANCE

Jérôme Reybaud cleverly encapsulates his first feature as a “senti-
mental Grindr road movie.” If this combination of sentiment and a gay
hook-up app strikes you as an oxymoron or even an impossibility, you
must see this delicately executed voyage off the beaten track to verify
that this unique cinematic experience matches Reybaud’s description.
4 Days in France follows Pierre, a gay Parisian who decides to leave
his life behind to cruise the back roads of the provinces in an Alfa
Romeo, using Grindr as a GPS. Adopting the barest of storylines—
Pierre’s lover Paul gets on Grindr to follow his trail—Reybaud general-
ly eschews narrative development to focus on a series of single-scene
encounters with strangers, most of which are not sexual, but rather
extensive conversations with men and women who have chosen, like
Pierre, to stand outside the sprint of the mainstream: an antiquarian
bookseller, a performer in retirement homes, a professional thief. In
these encounters and the film’s free-flowing form, Reybaud draws an
unexpectedly warm picture of small-town France, characterized by an
inspiring openness. Yet while espousing a slower, emotionally rich life,
Reybaud recognizes the connections afforded by modern technology.

DIRECTOR
Jérôme Reybaud

SCREENPLAY
Jérôme Reybaud

CAST
Pascal Cervo
Arthur Igual
Fabienne Babe
Natalie Richard
Laetitia Dosch
Liliane Montevecchi

DETAILS
Comedy, Drama, Romance
French, English, Italian
137 min.
France, 2016
Blu-Ray, DCP

DISTRIBUTOR
Cinema Guild

PRICE RANGE
$375-$450