A superbly sympathetic and spikily comedic portrait of a rudderless young woman in search of an identity. She’s determined to make a new start with style.
Winner, Camera d’Or for best first feature film, Cannes Film Festival 2017.
Broke, with nothing but her cat to her name and doors closing in her face, Paula is back in Paris after a long absence. As she meets different people along the way, there is one thing she knows for sure: she’s determined to make a new start – and she’ll do it with style and panache.
Director Léonor Serraille deservedly scooped the Camera d’Or prize at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival for this debut feature. Jeune Femme impresses with it sheer vivacity and the powerhouse central performance of actress Laetitia Dosch as Paula provides the wild heart of the film. This is cinema that is funny, moving and hugely invigorating.
Comedy with a soaring, free-spirited lead…A white-knuckle sense of emotional freefall powers every fraught scene. – The Irish Times ★★★★★
Laetitia Dosch dazzles in Léonor Serraille’s debut feature as a young Parisian woman struggling to work out who she is. – The Guardian ★★★★★
The film plays like an assured American comedy with its quick-fire pacing and conventional, redemptive arc. But the film is pure French in its tone and atmosphere. – Little White Lies, Cannes Film Festival 2017
France, 2017 |Language: France | 98 minutes | Cert: 15
Director: Léonor Serraille
Cast: Laetitia Dosch, Souleymane Seye Ndiaye, Grégoire Monsaingeon