Wednesday, May 24, 2017

'Montparnasse Bienvenue' ('Jeune femme') Review | Cannes Film Festival 2017

'Montparnasse Bienvenue' ('Jeune femme') Review | Hollywood Reporter: "French director Leonor Serraille's debut feature stars Laetitia Dosch as an aimless young woman trying to get by in the Parisian neighborhood of the title.
A young woman — or jeune femme as the French title helpfully notes — tries to make something of her life in Montparnasse Bienvenue, the admirably free-flowing debut feature from writer-director Leonor Serraille. Set in the Parisian Left-Bank neighborhood of the title and made with an almost entirely female crew, this loose-limbed, character-focused film is a celebration of a red-haired free spirit that, however, doesn’t skimp on life’s darker sides. Its Cannes Un Certain Regard berth should launch the film’s international festival career, while adventurous distributors, especially in Francophile territories, will want to take a look as well. As an added bonus, it should help consolidate the reputation of its leading lady, Age of Panic’s Laetitia Dosch, who’s profile in the French indie scene has been growing but who hasn’t managed to cross over into the mainstream.

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