Adele Exarchopoulos seems destined to be unlucky in love. After her breakout role in last year’s Cannes’ winner “Blue is the Warmest Color,” the French actress has taken on another romantic story in which her character faces real issues with her partner.
Though the trailer below is entirely in French with no subtitles, it seems fairly easy to pick out plot points in “Qui Vive,” or its English title, “Insecure.” “Zero Dark Thirty” and “A Prophet” star Reda Kateb works either as security or as a store manager where he has to interact with some low life, possibly gang-affiliated hoodlums. After the incident, he meets a gorgeous woman (Exarchopoulos) and continues on with his life until the same troublemakers start things up again in front of his lady. Kateb’s character reacts violently, causing relationship issues and more trouble with those damn youths. While gang culture and anger management seem like themes of “Insecure,” it could be a comedy about a prankster pretending to work security who gets in fake fights to impress his girlfriend (I don’t speak a lick of French, so the dialogue could be anything).
Exarchopoulos seems anything but insecure in the few clips we see of the self-assured beauty, so it also seems safe to say the film’s title refers to Kateb’s character. “Insecure” is helmed by first time feature writer/director Marianne Tardieu. Considering the talent involved, the trust in a relative rookie says something about the quality of the film’s story, Tardieu’s short films, or both. We’ll be anxiously awaiting the English-language trailer, but feast your eyes on the French trailer for now.
[Note: The international sales company has requested we take down the trailer, as the one we posted was not the final approved version per the company.]