Run time: 105 mins
Jacques Audiard’s sensuous black and white portrait of millennial love exposes the complexities of the greyer areas of romance.
Loosely based on extracts from the work of Adrian Tomine, the acclaimed American cartoonist, Paris 13th District is an assemblage of insights into the psycho-sexual lives of its four central characters.
Émilie Wong (Lucie Zhang) is a disaffected call centre worker seeking a roommate for her Parisian apartment. Brash and selfish, she is surprised by the instantaneous connection she experiences with Camille (Makita Samba), the man who responds to her advert. Camille works at a real estate agency with Nora (Portrait of a Lady on Fire’s Noémie Merlant). Behind closed doors, Nora is battling to preserve her law-school reputation as footage of a doppelgänger cam-girl Amber Sweet (Jehnny Beth) is circulated and rumours circulate. Their four lives overlap and intermingle, and complications inevitably arise.
That it’s a film ground in both subtly and profundity is no wonder with Céline Sciamma’s name attached to the screenplay. An intriguing and consuming watch.