Jérémie, 34, wakes up in an apartment he doesn't know, next to a woman he doesn't know. She is Adna, a stunning Swedish woman who is as funny as she is sweet. Is this the beginning of a fairy tale? Not quite, since Jérémie is about to get married… to Antoine.
The excellent comedy by Noémie Saglio and Maxime Govare I Kissed a Girl wins the Grand Prix [at the Alpe d’Huez Comedy Film Festival in 2015). A rom-com of a reverse coming-out of a gay man who falls in love with a woman just when he is about to get married with the man of his life. Pio Marmaï, who plays the main character, is awarded best actor.
Translated from an article written by Jean-Christian Hay
Every year, Bruno, a disheartened cattle breeder, attends the Paris Agricultural Show. This year, his father Jean joins him: he wants to finally win the competition with their bull Nebuchadnezzar and convince Bruno to take over the family farm. Every year, Bruno makes a tour of all the wine stands, without setting foot outside the Show’s premises and without ever finishing his wine trail. This year, His father suggests they finish it together, but a real wine trail, across the French countryside. Accompanied by Mike, a young, quirky taxi driver, they set off in the direction of France’s major wine regions. Their wine tour is a highly risky venture, combining fine vintages and women encountered along the way.
Kervern and Delépine’s highly-accomplished, multi-layered, surreal comedy Saint Amour should go some way to restoring Gérard Depardieu as one of France’s greatest actors. This off-beat road movie has humour, pathos and oodles of improbable sex, set against the beautiful backdrop of France’s wine-growing regions. But it’s not all played for laughs. Underneath the male bonding, Kervern and Delépine have highlighted the real threat to France’s agricultural industry from the younger generation’s reluctance to choose farming as a career. This adds context to what is an undeniably clever, beautifully paced film – the seventh collaboration for this directing pair.
Would you like to return home and live with your parents? Forty-year-old Stéphanie is compelled to return home to live with her mother. She is welcomed with open arms: she can enjoy the over-heated apartment, Francis Cabrel stuck on replay, furious games of Scrabble and precious maternal advice on how to sit at the table and how to live her life. Both women must exercise infinite patience to cope with this new situation. And when the rest of the clan turns up for dinner, settling of scores and family secrets follow on one from the other in a most joyful way. Welcome to a highly risky world: the family!
Though Flamand, Lefebvre and especially Commandeur (from Lavaine’s Barbecue) are also solid, the film’s heart belongs to the female protagonists, with Balasko (The Hedgehog) a reliably warm and sunny presence as a woman who has decided that there’s more to life than kids, even if they’re moving back in forty years after making them.
(Hollywood Reporter, Boyd Van Hoeij)
This film is a comedy, a hallmark of your directing style, but it is also a family drama that addresses important personal issues. The comedy is highly biting and derives primarily from the situations created.
(Variety, Martin Dale – Interview of Eric Lavaine)