First-time filmmaker Léonor Serraille and the dazzling Laetitia Dosch conjure up a raucous portrait of a thirtysomething Parisian.
Neurotic and manic, bold and magnetic, Paula (Dosch) is a muddle of contradictions. Fresh from the unceremonious dumping by her boyfriend of ten years, Paula finds herself wandering the streets of Paris, jobless, homeless, single and with no idea of what life holds for her. At 31, with little to show for but a kidnapped cat and a sense of adventure, Paula sets out to reinvent herself: new job, new friends and hopefully a new life. However, such ambitious plans aren’t so easy to achieve.
Serraille’s film was deservedly awarded the Camera d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival. Anarchic, complicated and undeniably charming, this is the French heroine we’ve long been waiting for. Following in the footsteps of Frances Ha and Fleabag, it’s a heart-breaking and frequently ode to the chaos and candour of modern life.
★★★★ “What makes ‘Jeune Femme’ so satisfying is its restless energy and attention to visual detail” - Alice Savile, Time Out
★★★★ “Laetitia Dosch is breathtakingly charismatic” - Christina Newland, Little White Lies
★★★★★ “A white-knuckle sense of emotional freefall powers every fraught scene” - Tara Brady, The Irish Times