Jeune Femme (Montparnasse Bienvenüe)
Laetitia Dosch, Souleymane Seye Ndiaye, Grégoire Monsaingeon
Laetitia Dosch explodes on to the screen as Paula – a chaotic, impulsive thirty-something Parisienne – in director Léonor Serraille’s livewire character study and sensational feature debut.
Back in Paris after a long absence and finding the key to her photographer boyfriend’s apartment no longer works, Paula goes on an erratic voyage de la loon around the city; broken-hearted, self-destructive and with only her ex’s cat (an almost obscenely cute and fluffy creature, with a nice line in deadpan stares) to rely on. By her nature unable to do anything but live in the moment, we watch as Paula tries her best to reclaim a measure of stability, making new allies and assessing the reappearance of figures from her past.
Serraille handles her character with humour and urgency, showing both a vitality of cinematic expression and an understanding of modern life’s everyday misfortunes.