Peur de rien [Parisienne] (2015)

Peur de rien
Director: Danielle Arbid
Writer: Danielle Arbid, Julie Peyr
Cast: Manal IssaPaul HamyDamien ChapelleVincent LacosteDominique BlancClara Ponsot
Part of: Scope100 (last year, I participated in the Scope50 project)
Seen on: 4.1.2016

Lina (Manal Issa) comes to Paris from Lebanon to study. She is supposed to stay with her aunt and her husband but just before the semester actually starts, her uncle comes on to her. Lina runs away in shock. Without money, a place to stay or much idea about life in Paris, she sets out to build herself a life, with any means necessary.

Peur de Rien tells an interesting story and it tells it well, with one of the most fascinating and intriguing protagonists I’ve seen in a while. Every once in a while it strays a little too much and could have been more concise, but altogether, I really enjoyed it.

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Une vie de chat [A Cat in Paris] (2010)

Une vie de chat
Director: Jean-Loup Felicioli, Alain Gagnol
Writer: Alain Gagnol, Jacques-Rémy Girerd
Cast: Dominique Blanc, Bruno Salomone, Jean Benguigui, Bernadette Lafont, Oriane Zani
Part of: Anilogue

By day, the cat stays with Zoé (Oriane Zani), a little girl who spends most of her time with her nanny (Bernadette Lafont) since her mum (Dominique Blanc), a police detective, works a lot. But by night, the cat goes out to meet Nico (Bruno Salomone), a very talented cat burglar. Together they can steal just about anything. Everything is going just fine – until the cat’s two worlds collide.

A Cat in Paris is basically a work of naive art – the visual style, the script: it’s all as if made by a kid (a very talented kid). It’s interesting, but not very compelling for me. Still, it’s entertaining.

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