Like two particles that pass in multi-dimensional space, the course of Elsa and Pierre’s lives are changed by a chance encounter at a book fair. A flirtatious glance, senses set on edge, the electric charge of first contact as a lighter changes hands, the excitement of fresh possibilities, perhaps a second meeting. But Pierre, played by François Cluzet in his first romantic role, stops the potential physical superposition cold. After all, he is a faithfully married father of two. Then a second chance encounter makes it harder to ignore the possibilities presented by their easy, mutual attraction. But Elsa has a rule, a taboo even, about married men, and again their potential romantic entanglement is cut off without an exchange of coordinates. As they go about their lives, however, those possibilities start to impose themselves – in ways they would never have imagined. [Synopsis courtesy of COLCOA]
A most whimsical, hurly-burly quasi-autobiographical love romp from the master of operatic intellectual romance! French pop star Jacques Dutronc is a genius computer programmer diagnosed with a terminal brain disease, and Sophie Marceau is the flighty main attraction of a hilariously surreal mentalist nightclub act. Embarking on a billowy, tempestuous May-September fling (mirroring Zulawski and Marceau’s own marriage), they both move through their respective childhood traumas, while simultaneously racing to retain Lucas’ grasp of language. A pastel-and-neon poetic feast not only on the visual level, but also literally, My Nights… astounds with its lush wordplay — for the only way that Lucas is able to progressively battle his own evaporating mind is to speak with increasingly rhyming and metaphorical flourishes, until the entire world becomes one big sweet-toothed, Zulawskian word-association game.
Lola, a striking teenaged girl who is on the cusp of adulthood, who longs to rush into the adult world of independence, freedom and sexual exploits, but is tenaciously held back by her mother.
The day she turns 40, Marguerite Flora, a successful rep for a nuclear power company, begins receiving letters she’d sent to herself at age seven. The letters tell her what to do if her life hasn’t turned out the way she thought it should, when she was living in poverty with her mother and brother in a small village in southern France. She decides to go back to her birthplace to get the lawyer to stop the letters, but also to visit her childhood sweetheart and her long-forgotten brother, in order to find peace within herself.