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Love at First Fight (Les Combattants)

Thursday, March 12

Intro by director Thomas Cailley & composers Hit and Run!

“Bold, sweet, punch-drunk… Cailley makes the most of these two wonderful young actors’ faces: Together, they capture the head-rush of young love in all its prickly, misguided glory.” – Stephanie Zacharek, Village Voice

Invigorates one of the most shopworn genres, the romantic comedy, largely through its unusual premise and its enormously appealing leads.” – Melissa Anderson, Artforum

One of the big winners at this year’s César Awards—taking Best Actress, Best New Actor and Best First Feature—and a triple prizewinner at Cannes, where it played in the Directors’ Fortnight, LOVE AT FIRST FIGHT offers a warm and refreshing coming-of-age story. Easygoing and naïve Arnaud (Kévin Azaïs) plans to spend the summer helping his brother in the family carpentry business. But when he meets Madeleine (Adèle Haenel), a steely young woman determined on the harshest military service and preoccupied with visions of the apocalypse, he adoringly follows her to boot camp. Thomas Cailley’s first feature is a unique take on young romance, with alluring and empathetic protagonists (portrayed by equally likable actors), well-wrought humor, and gorgeous cinematography by David Cailley (the director’s brother). A Strand Releasing release.

Part of Rendez-Vous with French Cinema 2015

  • Country France
  • Language In French with English subtitles
  • Rating NR
  • Running Time 98 minutes
  • Director Thomas Cailley