Etienne (Andranic Manet), a serious and impressionable shaggy-haired young cinephile, leaves behind his steady girlfriend (Diane Rouxel) in Lyon to study film in Paris. Settling into a dingy flat with a rotating cast of roommates, he immerses himself in a bohemian world of artists, intellectuals, and fellow film geeks who excitedly share their passion for Bresson, Ford, and obscure Russian directors. Itas a seemingly idyllic life of the minda'until more complicated matters of the flesh, as well as jealous creativity, intrude. Shooting in timeless black and white and interweaving references to philosophy, music, and cinemaa'from Pascal to Mahler to Parajanova'Jean-Paul Civeyrac conjures a bittersweet ode to the heady days of student life that evokes the films of the French New Wave.
Opening Aug 31