Mia Hansen-Løve (Things to Come, Eden) crafts a beguiling, India-set road movie about a French journalist recovering from severe PTSD, following his abduction in Syria.
Dir-Scr Mia Hansen-Løve
Prod Philippe Martin, David Thion
With Roman Kolinka, Aarshi Banerjee, Alex Descas
Sales Orange Studio
Physically and emotionally shattered in the wake of his release from captivity, war reporter Gabriel (Roman Kolinka) returns home to France. Struggling to make sense of city life after the brutality of his experience, along with the guilt he suffers knowing that a colleague remains captive, he retreats to his childhood home in India. An attraction to 18-year-old Maya (Aarshi Banerjee), the daughter of his godfather, blooms into an affair that helps Gabriel heal, even as it pricks his conscience. Working with a predominantly female crew, Hansen-Løve gently examines the nature of crisis and restorative power of life’s rhythms. And cinematographer Hélène Louvart (The Wonders, Happy as Lazzoro) savours the textures of the Goan locations so much that you can smell the sea air while the sun warms your face.