DRAMA / FRANCE / 2018 / 106 MINS / MA15+
Presented from the point-of-view of David (Vincent Lacoste, In Bed with Victoria; Saint Amour, AF FFF2017) – symbiotically embodying French youth and earnest hope in the one character – Amanda unfurls as a family drama, although one that gets shaken to its core by a sudden act of violence.
Described by Variety as having an “at once beautiful and wonky [face], shaped by mischief and worry, like a [Jean-Paul] Belmondo reflected in the surface of a choppy lake”, David is a carefree 20-something in the throes of a new romance with Lena (Stacy Martin, Redoubtable, AF FFF2018). He lives a carefree life until an incident abruptly forces him to assume the guardianship of his seven-year-old niece, Amanda (a revelatory turn by newcomer Isaure Multrier).
Collective mourning and its subsequent road to recovery, are given an all-too human face in Amanda, beautifully crafted through Lacoste’s performance. Amid the seriousness, this film is a exquisite valentine to the beauty and eccentricities of Paris, and will not fail to send hearts aflutter for those Francophiles who have such a love for this city and everything it offers.
"A resolutely modern film, and one so profoundly shattering it will most likely shake us all."– L’Express
"Simply splendid. Everything Mikhaël Hers films bears the seal of grace, restraint, delicacy, and calm strength. Hers is a master watercolorist of profound feelings and complex affects."– Les Inrockuptibles
"A magnificient melodrama, and a devastating performance from Vincent Lacoste."– Télérama
DIRECTED BY: MIKHAËL HERS
STARRING: Vincent Lacoste, Isaure Multrier, Stacy Martin, Jonathan Cohen