The biggest hit in the 27-year history of the Alliance Française French Film Festival, Julien Rappeneau’s enchanting directorial debut Rosalie Blum is a witty and ingeniously crafted comedy about a random encounter that has unexpected and life-changing consequences.
Thirty-something Vincent Machot (indelibly played by Kyan Khojandi) is a hairdresser, like his father before him. Life rotates around work, his overbearing mother who lives in the apartment upstairs, and a womanising cousin constantly trying to set him up. But one morning Vincent experiences a powerful déjà-vu when he meets the gaze of a grocery store clerk, Rosalie Blum (the fabulous Noémie Lvovsky). Intrigued by this mysterious woman, he begins a search to uncover the truth behind their connection…
To reveal more would only spoil the surprises of Rappeneau’s impeccably directed and performed tale, other than to say that a series of coincidences – both hilarious and moving – memorably brings together a group of lost souls in a manner reminiscent of Claude Berri’s wonderful Hunting and Gathering.
Indeed, with its themes of the importance of altruism, forgiveness and the value of compassion, Rosalie Blum delivers an ever-timely reminder of the best that French cinema has to offer. It’s a joy to watch.
French with English subtitles