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Suzanne

Saturday, March 8

Director Katell Quillévéré in person!

A coming-of-age story takes on epic proportions in Katell Quillévéré’s follow-up to her lauded debut, Love Like Poison. Suzanne (first played by Apollonia Luisetti and then by Sara Forestier) is a wild child who becomes a mother at 15 and takes up with a local bad boy not long after. Through it all, her widowed father (comic actor François Damiens, in a rare dramatic role) and older sister (Fanie Zanini and Adèle Haenel) try their best to keep the family together. Brilliantly acted, especially by Forestier, Damiens and Haenel, Quillévéré’s film, which compresses some 25 years into an hour and a half, proceeds at a furious pace, episodically and elliptically. What sounds melodramatic on paper is never less than urgent and compelling on screen: each decisive moment in this family saga lands with tremendous emotional force. Winner of the 2014 César Award for Best Supporting Actress for Adele Haenel, and nominated for four other Césars: Sara Forestier (Best Actress), François Damiens (Best Supporting Actor), Paul Hamy (Most Promising Actor), and Katell Quillévéré and Mariette Désert (Best Original Screenplay).

Also screening Mar 9 & 12 at the Film Society of Lincoln Center.

Part of Rendez-Vous with French Cinema 2014

  • Country France
  • Language In French with English subtitles
  • Running Time 94 minutes
  • Director Katell Quillévéré