Run time: 96 mins
Director Léa Mysius’ thought-provoking fantasy drama about forbidden love, small-town mentality and the traumatic events that can change the trajectory of life.
Vicky has a magical gift: she can smell and reproduce any scent of her choosing, collecting them in carefully labelled jars. The solitary child has a very strong bond with her mother Joanne, whose scent she also secretly captures. When her father’s sister Julia is released from prison, Vicky is transported into dark and magical memories which lead her to discover the secrets of her village, her family and her own existence.
Mysius offers a unique window into her story as the narrative bounces to different points in the lives of Joanne and Julia. From being introduced to these women after they’ve been estranged for a decade, to the moment they first met, and back and forth in time, we’re able to put the pieces of their love story together. In her acting debut, Sally Dramé puts in a mesmerising performance as she balances Vicky’s young naivety with her growing understanding of her abilities while Adèle Exarchopoulos and Swala Emati as Joanna and Julia brilliantly capture both the tension and the love between these two fascinating characters. A beautiful, tragic, and moving piece of filmmaking