Posted Oct 01 2018

LFF 2018 Preview - A Paris Education

Dir: Jean-Paul Civeyrac

Starring Andranic Manet, Diane Rouxel, Jenna Thiam

A young man, Etienne (Manet), leaves his quiet town in Lyon, and his girlfriend Lucie (Rouxel) to move to Paris, and study and make films. His experience there is bittersweet as he learns to grow up, loses love and finds other relationships, and comes to terms with his own self and the limitations that brings.

Civeyrac’s movie follows Etienne through all those late night parties, full of intense young people, talking art and politics both, whilst sloshing back the red wine and burning up the Gauloises like they were going out of business. (We’ve all been there.)

There’s a good deal of charm in the film, which is beautifully shot in black and white and which casts Paris as a force to be reckoned with, full of those who have travelled there from other less-worldly locales, and either embraced it or possibly find them brutalised by it. The performances to a man and woman are nicely understated and that sense of youth turning is ably captured.

But as the film progresses through what feels at times like a never ending procession of short scenes that fade to black, it takes on the nature of those late night pretentious conversations itself, often becoming irksome where initially it was engaging.

A sentimental education undoubtedly, but one that feels more like a five year uni course than a three year one.

A Paris Education plays the LFF on 10, 12 & 18

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