Dir. Arnaud Larrieu, Jean-Marie Larrieu, 2005, France, 98 min, 35mm, color
With Sabine Azéma, Daniel Auteuil, Sergi López, Amira Casar
In French with English subtitles
Cannes Film Festival 2005 – Nominee Palme d’Or
Enjoying the early days of retirement, William and Madeleine lead a quiet life. After encountering a younger, alluring couple, on a whim they decide to move into an isolated country home near them. When their new neighbors’ house burns down, William and Madeleine end up playing host to their mysterious friends.
“The atmosphere is crisp, mutinous and a bit philosophical, as the title perhaps suggests (…) The Larrieus beautifully apply this program to their own cinema: never tied, light and spicy like a flirt that can get dirty, their sentimental comedy seems to be invented in front of us, with a grace fallen from the sky.” – Télérama
“Arnaud and Jean-Marie Larrieu fashion a fanciful tale about the fine line between boredom and unbridled sensuality.” – Lisa Nesselson, Variety