Burning Bright: New French Filmmakers 2020
- The Bare Necessity
- Erwan Le Duc
“Perfectly charmant ... A pair of winning central performances and a heartfelt, drolly funny script elevate a breezily comic love story set in a small French town.”Jessica Kiang, Variety
Erwan Le Duc’s “comédie amoureuse” (amorous comedy), the writer-director’s debut feature, imagines the idyllic woods of the Vosges Mountains in eastern France as home to revolutionary nudists, obsessive earthworm scientists, reenactors staging pyrotechnic facsimiles of World War II battles, and a host of other eccentrics. Police captain Pierre Perdrix (Swann Arlaud) is the oddity, a regular guy whose buttoned-up life starts to unfurl when out-of-towner Juliette (Maud Wyler) turns up after being robbed by a militant nudist. Perdix takes up the case, and thus begins a fantastic odyssey. The motley crew of characters includes the great Fanny Ardant as Perdrix’s quirky mother. The film premiered in the Directors’ Fortnight at Cannes.
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“An unusual mix of deadpan comedy and heartfelt romance … Audiences that like their films odd and engaging will eat this up.”Boyd van Hoeij, Hollywood Reporter