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Jeune femme

Paula is a one-woman riot of tangled emotion and self-destructive tendencies. Paris is a city for lovers. The cat of divorce is in a cardboard box.


Dir-Scr Léonor Serraille
Prod Sandra da Fonseca
With Laetitia Dosch, Souleymane Seye Ndiaye, Grégoire Monsaingeon
UK Distribution Curzon Artificial Eye

When a key doesn’t get Paula into her ex-lover’s apartment, her attempts at head-butting the door open also prove unsuccessful. A bleeding head wound opens this kinetic, urgent portrait of a heartbroken young woman who is her own worst enemy. Hauling the ex’s cat across Paris in a cardboard box, Paula’s days as a photographer’s muse are over. But she does possess a scrappy charisma and this magnetism is her ticket to clawing her way back to stability. Jeune Femme takes its cues from Laetitia Dosch’s impossible-to-take-your-eyes-off-her performance as Paula, hurtling through scenes to a post-punk electro score. Debut director Léonor Serraille impresses with sheer vivacity – this is filmmaking from someone who is alive to both the possibilities of cinema and to human experience in 2017. And it’s a film that is funny, moving and hugely invigorating.

Kate Taylor

Additional information

The introduction/Q&A will be BSL interpreted at the screening on Sun 8 Oct.

Festival guests

These members of the filmmaking team are expected to attend the festival:

  • Léonor Sérraille, Director; Laetitia Dosch, Cast

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