Run time: 98 mins
A restless woman discovers herself in a seductive French romance that throws out the usual dusty script about women, desire and pleasure.
Writer-director Charline Bourgeois-Tacquet’s film bursts out of the gate with all the frenzied energy of its title character, played by Anais Demoustier. Anais is a 30-year-old woman with no career path and a rocky grasp of l relationships. Talking a mile a minute, Anaïs offers excuses and apologies amid a host of deflective comments about her day, her boyfriend, and other topics.
A meeting with much older man Daniel (Denis Podalydes) leads to a brief affair, but Anais finds herself much more intrigued by Daniel’s wife Emilie (Valeria Bruni Tedeschi), a successful writer, novelist and essayist. Another chance encounter brings the two women together sparking a slow-burning flirtation that promises to catch fire and become something more meaningful.
She is, in other words, a 21st-century human being who, in finding herself on her own stubborn, singular terms, has ditched the usual script about men, women, pleasure and desire. She is who she is. And she’s already out the door, clattering down the stairs, calling out her goodbyes.