“You look like somebody who’s about to do something stupid.” On a Paris bridge at night, a young woman with misty eyes leans over the icy waters of the Seine, strongly tempted to put an end to her misery. Suddenly from behind, out of nowhere, comes a stranger named Gabor. But he has an ulterior motive—he’s a professional knife-thrower in search of a willing target. The woman, called Adèle, reckons she’s never had any luck in life, and no longer wants to keep trying; but all things considered, if she’s going to die, she may as well make herself useful… —Unifrance Films
French filmmaker Patrice Leconte is as notable for his refusal to be easily categorized as he is for his long and productive career. Since making his major directorial debut in 1975 with Les Vécés Étaient Fermés de L’Intérieur, Leconte has established himself as one of France’s most respected directors, at ease tackling subjects ranging from mental illness to sexuality to canny deconstructions of wit and society. He received particular acclaim for his 1996 film Ridicule, winning the admiration of an international audience while furthering his reputation as one of the French cinema’s most treasured figures.
A native Parisian, Leconte was born on November 12, 1947. He decided to be a filmmaker at a very young age, and went on to attend France’s most prestigious film school, I.D.H.E.C. During his education, constant visits to the Paris Cinémathèque aided in his understanding of cinematography culture. After graduating from I.D.H.E.C. in 1969, Leconte went against the cinematic grain… read more
This is another one of those movies that I wish I could live inside of. Who knew that knife throwing could be this romantic?