When I first saw Jeune Femme, I was bowled over by its dynamism and comic brio. . . . On a second viewing, I’d revise my view somewhat, and maybe play down the idea that Jeune Femme is strictly a comedy. It’s a very hard-edged film, one of those comedies that make you laugh because they go uncomfortably close to the edge of despair: Paula’s life in limbo is one of isolation and desolation, and her misadventures here are like a descent into hell.
March 08, 2018