Young director rejuvenates French film with impressive psychological depth.
Born 1981 in Paris. At 18 years old, Mia Hansen-Løve acted in two films by the legendary director, Olivier Assayas, and subsequently wrote film criticism for 'Cahiers du Cinéma'. To date, she has directed three feature films, which consist this series at PIX.
Regardless of her very Danish-sounding name, the young, highly talented Mia Hansen-Løve is absolutely French. Born and raised in Paris by her parents, both philosophy professors, though she is descended from Danish-German grandparents. Despite her young age, it is not just the three films already on her CV, which is remarkable. It is also her psychological insight and her ability to breathe 'real life' into her characters and situations, which has made her one of French films most admired directors today.
Mia Hansen-Løve has regenerated the talkative, French realism with a refreshing and contemporary sensibility, the unlaboured psychological depth of which, towers over most other films. Expressed another way, thinking and speaking are equal partners in these films, which typically revolve around people, who live creative, though not always free lives.
Mia Hansen-Løve's convincing feature film debut is an elegantly restrained story about a small family's breakdown. On the surface, everything seems fine, but Victor, who is addicted to both alcohol and cocaine, finds it increasingly hard to hide his addiction. The family moves to Paris to try and give Victor's career a push, but this has almost the opposite effect.
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The Parisian film producer Grégoire has it all: a beautiful wife, three lovely daughters and a respected film production company. Behind the relaxed charm, however, he is struggling with personal and financial problems, which are subtly examined in this delicate family drama with a great love for the film world's most passionate figures.
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Camille is 15 years old, and madly in love with the somewhat older Sullivan, who breaks up with her and leaves her inconsolable, having seen what life has to offer, and then just see it disappear again. A small, impressionistic film, told with sparkling sensitivity, about the greatest love of all: the first.
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