Dir. Rebecca Zlotowski, 2010, France. 80 min. Color, DCP.
With Léa Seydoux, Anaïs Demoustier, Agathe Schlenker
In French with English subtitles
Critic’s Week, Cannes Film Festival 2010
Having lost her mother just days earlier and out of contact with her father, 17-year-old Prudence (Léa Seydoux) falls in with a misfit gang of bikers and racers at an illegal racetrack on the outskirts of Paris. Drawn to the alcohol, sex, and sense of community, Prudence struggles to stave off her feelings of loneliness. Winner of the Prix Louis Delluc, this is wrenching, empathetic filmmaking by Rebecca Zlotowski.
“Shot in a dense, contrasted, and electric frame, ‘Dear Prudence’ is built on moments, feelings, and moods that are all miracles of accuracy, strength, and sensitivity.” — Le Monde