A suburb of Paris, 1972 – Gilles and Christine, both sixteen, are in the same class. How will their relationship develop? By the master, Olivier Assayas.
An outer suburb of Paris, 1972. Gilles and Christine, both sixteen, are in the same class at school. Both their parents are divorced. Gilles is protected by the affection and authority of his father, but Christine is torn between her two parents. Her mother lives with an Algerian and they are both members of the Scientology Church. Christine is taken away from her because the mother does not earn enough to keep her. Her father worries about his daughter’s health and wants her put in a home, even against her will. This follows her arrest with Gilles for trying to steal records. Christine is no longer dejected; she is depressed and only her love for Gilles offers a way out. He however is still too much of a child to help and cannot live up to her expectations. Yet tonight he will have to make a decision. —IFFR
In the ’90s Olivier Assayas emerged as one of the key figures in the new generation of French filmmakers. As a former critic for Cahiers du Cinema and a die-hard cinephile, he makes his films both personal and referential to the works of directors that he adores. His father was a director/screenwriter in the 1940s who later worked mainly for TV. When it was increasingly difficult for him to work because of a health condition, Olivier started to help him, first merely as a secretary, and then ghostwriting a few screenplays for the Maigret TV series. In the late 1970s he joined the team of influential film magazine Cahiers du Cinema, that once launched the French New Wave. While working for Cahiers he wrote essays on his favorite European filmmakers, Robert Bresson, Ingmar Bergman, Andrei Tarkovsky, and published extensive studies on American horror films and Hong Kong Cinema (the latter came out long before Hong Kong cinema became fashionable with Western filmgoers and critics). He collaborated… read more