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In his fifth feature, Serge Bozon explores an infrequent terrain for contemporary cinema—musical comedy. Laurent is an actor who’s performing in a theater version of Molière’s Don Juan as he’s left by Julie, the woman he was about to marry. Obsessed, he sees Julie in every woman that crosses his path. From that premise, Bozon builds a film that is gentle only in appearance—its interstices hide layers of sadness and darkness. Laurent’s duplicity, Don Juan on stage and in real life, paves the way for some questions about the performing arts—to what extent can what one is imitate what they become as an artist? Bozon’s film disguises those complexities through a dialectics of surprise, alternating a direct narrative with emotional outbursts typical of musicals.
Serge Bozon was born in Aix-en-Provence, France, in 1972. He is a director, actor and film critic. He directed, among other features, Mods (2002), La France (2007) and Madame Hyde (2017, 32nd Festival). His fourth film, Tip Top (2013), was shown as part of the Directors’ Fortnight at the Cannes Film Festival.
G: Axelle Ropert, Serge Bozon
F: Sébastien Buchmann
E: François Quiqueré
DA: Pascale Bodet
S: Laurent Gabiot, Renaud Guillaumin
M: Benjamin Esdraffo
P: David Thion, Philippe Martin
CP: Les Films Pélléas
I: Tahar Rahim, Virginie Efira, Alain Chamfort, Damien Chapelle, Jehnny Beth