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A Paris Education

Mes provinciales

Oh, to be young, intense, romantic and profoundly cinephilic – Jean-Paul Civeyrac’s drama captures it all, in a story of a filmmaker’s years of apprenticeship.

Dir-Scr Jean-Paul Civeyrac
Prod Frédéric Niedermayer, Michèle Pétin, Laurent Pétin
With Andranic Manet, Corentin Fila, Gonzague Van Bervesselès
France
2017
136min
Sales Les Films du Losange
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Aspiring filmmaker Etienne (Andranic Manet) leaves his Lyon home to study cinema in Paris and discovers that life isn’t quite like the art films he reveres – although in some ways, perhaps it is. Among the people who enter his orbit are independent-minded flatmate Valentina (Jenna Thiam) and Mathias Valence (Corentin Fila), a legend among his peers for his hardcore devotion to cinema as art. Steeped in filmic and literary sensibility, and as unashamedly serious as its characters, this intimate but expansive – and gorgeously shot – black-and-white drama is a celebration of a very Gallic attitude to the life artistic, and is the latest characteristically poetic offering from a most individual writer-director, last seen in the LFF with 2014’s My Friend Victoria.

Jonathan Romney

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