With this story of a young man from the provinces moving to Paris to
find his fortune, Jean-Paul Civeyrac provides a fresh spin on a narrative
tradition reaching back at least as far as Balzac and Flaubert. In
this case, the young man is Étienne Tinan, a passionate aspiring filmmaker
who enrolls at university to study film, immersing himself in
the artistic quarrels and enthusiasms of the day. He falls in and out of
love, meets showboating aesthetes and diehard political activists, tries
and fails to make films that live up to his ideals, then tries again. As a
film professor himself, Civeyrac strikes a winning balance between an
authentic, highly contemporary depiction of the lives and interests of
film students today and the time-honored themes of solitude, devotion,
hope and hopelessness that have molded our view of young people lost
in the urban rush since the age of the Romantics. He is well served
by a stellar cast of photogenic unknowns, filmed in sublime black and
white that brings to life the memory of all the classic films that drive
his characters toward the realization of their own dreams.

Jean-Paul Civeyrac

Jean-Paul Civeyrac

Andranic Manet
Gonzague Van Bervesselès
Corentin Fila
Diane Rouxel
Jenna Thiam

French with English subtitles
136 min.
France, 2018
DVD, Blu-Ray

Kino Lorber, Inc.